Cook County Mechanics Lien Preliminary 90 Day Notice Forms (Illinois)

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Mechanics Lien Preliminary 90 Day Notice Form

Mechanics Lien Preliminary 90 Day Notice Form

Fill in the blank Mechanics Lien Preliminary 90 Day Notice form formatted to comply with all Illinois recording and content requirements.
Included document last reviewed/updated 5/10/2024

Preliminary 90 Day Notice Guide

Preliminary 90 Day Notice Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last reviewed/updated 2/23/2024

Completed Example of the Preliminary 90 Day Notice Document

Completed Example of the Preliminary 90 Day Notice Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last reviewed/updated 12/27/2023

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Can the Mechanics Lien Preliminary 90 Day Notice forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Cook County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Cook County.

Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Cook County?

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No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

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This statutory form is meant for use by subcontractors or others who are not directly contracted for work with the property owner.

For residential, owner-occupied projects, the 90-day notice form is the second preliminary notice sent in anticipation of filing a lien (the 60-day notice must be served beforehand sent via certified mail within 60 days from the first furnishing). For a commercial project, the 90-day form is the first notice sent to the owner. Either way, both commercial and residential jobs require the 90-day notice prior to filing a lien. 770 Ill. Comp. Stat. 60/24(a).

The 90-day notice is a demand for payment that must be sent by all contractors, subcontractors, laborers, and material/equipment suppliers who have not directly contracted with the owner or the owner's agent. Note that all eligible workers must send the notice within 90 days after the final furnishing of work or delivery of materials to the jobsite. Id. Any substantial additional or extra work can enlarge the time, but mere corrections of previously completed work will not affect the end date. Be aware the time is 90 days, not three months, so count 90 days from the date labor or materials were last furnished.

Serve the notice either through personal service by using a process server, or use the easier and less expensive option of certified mail. The notice does not have to be recorded but keep track of all dates and confirmations of receipt of service to help create a paper trail if a lien becomes necessary. If the deadlines are near, consider a process server. If mailing, serve the notice by certified mail, return receipt requested on the owner, the mortgage lenders, and the general contractor.

The 90-day notice must be verified which means the contractor's signature represents the contents of the notice are accurate and true. The notice must also be notarized by signing it in front of a licensed Notary Public who affixes his or her seal to the document.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about mechanic's liens, including the preliminary notices, please consult an attorney.

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