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Final Lien Waiver
Construction glossary

What is a Final Lien Waiver?

A final lien waiver is a legal document that serves as a formal release of a contractor’s or subcontractor’s rights to file a lien against a property owner or project after they’ve received full payment for their work. Its primary purpose is to provide assurance to the property owner, developer, and/or GC that no future claims or liens will be filed once the final payment has been made.

In the construction industry, subcontractors and material suppliers have the legal right to file a lien against a property if they have not been paid for their services or materials supplied. This lien acts as a security interest in the property, preventing the owner from selling or refinancing until the debt is settled. By signing a final lien waiver, the subcontractor or supplier acknowledges that they have received full payment and relinquishes the right to file a lien in the future.

For subcontracting businesses, obtaining final lien waivers from their lower-tier subcontractors and suppliers is crucial for these same reasons. It protects them from potential claims or liens that could arise after they’ve paid their lower-tier subcontractors in full. Failure to secure these lien waivers can expose subcontractors to legal and financial risks, as they may be held responsible for any unpaid debts owed to their lower-tier subcontractors or suppliers.

Overall, final lien waivers provide essential protection and peace of mind for all parties involved in a construction project, ensuring that all work has been satisfactorily compensated and preventing future disputes over payment.

Solutions like Siteline streamline the lien waiver process for subcontractors by:

  • Automating collection from lower-tier subcontractors and suppliers;
  • Providing a centralized view of lien waiver statuses across all projects; and
  • Generating lien waivers (conditional or unconditional, progress or final) to submit to general contractors.

As such, Siteline helps enhance efficiency, mitigate risks, and enables subcontractors to focus on core operations while ensuring compliance and protecting against potential legal or financial complications that could arise from incomplete or missing lien waivers.

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