By Alex Barthet

We have seen a lot of mistakes folks make when it comes to issuing lien releases. In this article, we are going to discuss the three most common lien release issues and how you should approach each.

What form of partial and final waiver should I use?

The first thing you need to be aware of is where you are in the pecking order of any particular construction project. If you are the general contractor, you are going to be looking for something  different than if you are one of the subcontractors. Generally speaking, you want to give a narrow release when you are receiving a check. When someone is handing you a check for a release, you only release the fewest number of rights possible and you preserve the greatest number of rights. The converse is true if you’re giving a check to somebody. You want them to release anything and everything under the sun, so you don’t have to worry about those things being an issue later in the course of the construction project.

The basic form of release

The basic form of release is the release that’s found in Florida Statutes chapter 713. It is a form of both partial lien release upon progress payment and final waiver upon final payment. It releases contractor or subcontractor lien rights through a certain day for partial releases and through the time specifically stated on final releases. The component parts of the partial release upon progress payment include the amount of money that you’re getting and the through date which is the date through which the release rights are effective. Note that this release form does not cover any retention or labor, services, or material furnished after the through date specified. The final lien release, however, has only one major part, and that is the amount of money you are receiving. The final release form doesn’t have a through date. The most important thing you need to know is that this release form only releases the contractor’s lien rights. It releases no other rights that the contractor may have against you or the property.

Custom form of release

This release looks very different from the basic release form. This form is not found in the statute. The first thing you’ll notice in a custom form of release is that it has a lot more words. You need to read this type of release form carefully because