The importance of timing in New Jersey’s construction lien law

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2024 | Construction Liens |

In the construction industry, timing is essential, especially when it comes to filing construction liens. Therefore, being aware of these deadlines and the importance of prompt action is crucial for contractors, subcontractors and property owners alike. If you need to secure a payment for your construction work or delivery, how can you protect your rights through a timely lien claim?

Deadlines for filing a construction lien

New Jersey’s construction lien law has strict deadlines that, if missed, could lead to significant financial losses. The clock starts ticking from the last date of work or material delivery. Here are the key deadlines for works involving commercial property:

  • For contractors: 90 days from the last date of work or material delivery
  • For subcontractors: 90 days from the last date of work or material delivery or from the date an owner files a notice of completion or termination

On the other hand, the time limit for residential work is longer. A contractor or subcontractor must file a lien within 120 calendar days after completing work on a residential property.

The importance of acting promptly

Missing the lien filing deadline can have serious consequences. If a contractor or subcontractor does not file on time, they lose their right to file a lien. This means they lose a powerful tool to secure payment for their work or materials.

In addition, acting promptly is crucial because it demonstrates seriousness and credibility. This can be beneficial in negotiations or court proceedings. Further, filing early ensures that the details of the work or materials that a contractor or subcontractor provides are fresh in their mind, reducing the risk of errors.

Protecting your rights and interests

Timing is critical because it can significantly impact the outcome of your lien claim, and by extension, your financial stability. With legal guidance, you may navigate the complexities of the law and protect your rights and interests throughout the process.

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