Howard County Subcontractor Notice to Owner Form (Iowa)

All Howard County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Subcontractor Notice to Owner Form

Howard County Subcontractor Notice to Owner Form

Fill in the blank Subcontractor Notice to Owner form formatted to comply with all Iowa recording and content requirements.
Included Howard County compliant document last validated/updated 4/11/2024

Subcontractor Notice to Owner Guide

Howard County Subcontractor Notice to Owner Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Howard County compliant document last validated/updated 6/4/2024

Completed Example of the Subcontractor Notice to Owner Document

Howard County Completed Example of the Subcontractor Notice to Owner Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Howard County compliant document last validated/updated 4/12/2024

When using these Subcontractor Notice to Owner forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Howard County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Howard County Recorder

Howard County Courthouse 137 N. Elm ST., Cresco, Iowa 52136

Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm.Monday through Friday

Phone: 563-547-9210

Local jurisdictions located in Howard County include:

  • Chester
  • Cresco
  • Elma
  • Lime Springs
  • Protivin
  • Riceville

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Immediately after you submit payment, the Howard County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be provided to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance. Forms are NOT emailed to you.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Howard County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Howard County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Howard County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Subcontractor Notice to Owner 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 Howard County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Howard County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Iowa or Howard County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Howard County Subcontractor Notice to Owner forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

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

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Subcontractors on a construction job occasionally need to fight for payment from the prime contractor. Many property owners are unaware of the participation of lower-tiered contractors on the job. These subcontractors can claim mechanic's lien rights against the property owner even if the owner paid the contractor in full. However, this right only exists if the owner is served proper notice. In turn, after receiving the notice, the owner can rightfully withhold payment from the contractor to ensure these other parties are paid as to avoid any liens against the owner.

A payment to the original contractor by the owner of any part or all of the contract price of the building or improvement within ninety (90) days after the date on which the last of the materials was furnished or the last of the labor was performed by a subcontractor, does not relieve the owner from liability to the subcontractor for the full value of any material furnished or labor performed upon the building, land, or improvement if the subcontractor files a lien within ninety (90) days after the date on which the last of the materials was furnished or the last of the labor was performed. I.C. 572.14(1).

In the case of an owner-occupied dwelling, a mechanic's lien is enforceable only to the extent of the balance due the principal contractor by the owner-occupant prior to the owner-occupant being served with the notice specified in subsection. I.C. 572.14(2).

This notice may be served by delivering it to the owner or the owner's spouse personally, or by mailing it to the owner by certified mail with restricted delivery and return receipt to the person mailing the notice, or by personal service as provided in the rules of civil procedure. Id.

The Notice to Owner contains: 1) the name of the owner, 2) the address of the property charged with the lien, 3) the name, address and telephone number of the lien claimant, and 4) a statement that the individual serving the Notice may have lien rights. I.C. 572.14(3).

This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for the advice from a legal professional. Please contact an Iowa attorney with any questions about sending notice to property owners or anything else with regard to mechanic's liens.

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The documents you receive here will meet, or exceed, the Howard County recording requirements for formatting. If there's an issue caused by our formatting, we'll make it right and refund your payment.

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