Florida Statutes section 713.06, pertains to what is called a "notice to owner". The notice to owner is simply a written notice provided to a property owner by any person or company providing labor, services or materials to improve the real property who is not in privity with the property owner. That is, they do not have a direct contract with the property owner. The notice to owner puts the property owner on notice that someone other than those who have a direct contract with the owner are providing labor or materials that will improve the property and that the owner should obtain proof that the person or entity providing the notice to owner is paid for their labor or materials. If the property owner does not ensure that all those who provide a notice to owner are paid, the property owner runs the risk of having to pay those who were not paid, even if the property owner has paid the general contractor for the work or materials. Conversely, if a potential lienor does not serve a notice to owner in compliance with the statute, that lienor loses all of its lien rights.
The notice to owner statute contains very important information, including when a notice to owner must be served. Pursuant to the statute, a notice to owner must be served no later than 45 days from when the lienor commences furnishing materials and/or labor at the site of the improvement pursuant to a contract. Additionally, a notice to owner must be served prior to the final payment being made in reliance on a final contractor's affidavit.
Also found in Florida Statute section 713.06 is a form notice to owner. Anybody drafting a notice to owner must take notice of the form and be certain that their notice to owner contains the warnings required by the statute which are included in the form.
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