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Pennsylvania - Berks County Subcontractor Preliminary Notice Form

All Berks County specific forms listed below are included in your immediate download:


Berks County Preliminary Notice Form Page 1

Preliminary Notice Form - Berks County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 9/23/2020


Berks County Preliminary Notice Guide Page 1

Preliminary Notice Guide - Berks County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 10/13/2020


Berks County Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document - Berks County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 9/21/2020


*The Following Pennsylvania and Berks County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Realty Transfer Tax - Statement of Value (SOV)

Realty Transfer Tax - Statement of Value (SOV)

Complete each section and file in duplicate with Recorder of Deeds when: (1) the full value/consideration is not set forth in the deed, (2) the deed is without consideration or by gift, or (3) a tax exemption is claimed. Note: This is a statewide form, required in every county where applicable.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

This document provides information on transfer tax in Pennsylvania. It also list transfer tax exemptions to determine whether the deed in question is exempt.


Valuation Factors

Valuation Factors

If transfer tax is due, this list will show how much is owed by county. The longer version of the list includes past rates.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by Pennsylvania notaries.


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Areas covered by these Subcontractor Preliminary Notice Forms:

  • Berks County

Including:

  • Bally
  • Barto
  • Bechtelsville
  • Bernville
  • Bethel
  • Birdsboro
  • Blandon
  • Bowers
  • Boyertown
  • Centerport
  • Douglassville
  • Earlville
  • Fleetwood
  • Geigertown
  • Hamburg
  • Hereford
  • Kempton
  • Kutztown
  • Leesport
  • Lenhartsville
  • Limekiln
  • Lyon Station
  • Maxatawny
  • Mertztown
  • Mohnton
  • Mohrsville
  • Monocacy Station
  • Morgantown
  • Mount Aetna
  • New Berlinville
  • Oley
  • Pine Forge
  • Reading
  • Rehrersburg
  • Robesonia
  • Shartlesville
  • Shoemakersville
  • Strausstown
  • Temple
  • Topton
  • Virginville
  • Wernersville
  • Womelsdorf

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What is the Pennsylvania Subcontractor Preliminary Notice?

Pennsylvania Preliminary Notice Requirements for Subcontractors

Mechanic's Liens are governed by Title 49 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Preliminary notice by subcontractors is a required step to obtaining any lien. Notice also provides the owner with information regarding who is working on the property and to what extent they may claim a lien.

As with most other states, the mechanic's lien law in Pennsylvania requires subcontractors to serve preliminary notice on the property owner or general contractor unless the parties are under a direct contract. According to Section 501, no claim by a subcontractor, whether for erection or construction or for alterations or repairs, shall be valid unless, at least thirty (30) days before the filing, he shall have given to the owner a formal written notice of his intention to file a claim. 49 P.S. 501(c). The formal notice must state: (1) the name of the party claimant; (2) the name of the person with whom he contracted; (3) the amount claimed to be due; (4) the general nature and character of the labor or materials furnished; (5) the date of completion of the work for which his claim is made; (6) a brief description sufficient to identify the property claimed to be subject to the lien. Id.

The notice does not have to be verified or notarized, but the claimant or an authorized representative must sign it. There is no requirement to record the Notice either. It's advisable, however, to keep a copy, and deliver the original notice via USPS certified mail with delivery confirmation, to verify with the court or anyone else that notice was provided.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Contact an attorney with questions about the Subcontractor's Preliminary Notice, or any other issues related to mechanic's liens in Pennsylvania.

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