2014 Mississippi Code
Title 85 - DEBTOR-CREDITOR RELATIONSHIP
Chapter 7 - LIENS
Article 21 - SPECIAL LIENS ON REAL ESTATE OR OTHER PROPERTY
§ 85-7-407 - Contractors to furnish list of all subcontractors and materialmen upon written request of property owner; information to be provided by persons not having privity of contract with contractor; applicability of section
(1) Upon the written request of the property owner by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, the contractor shall furnish to the owner a complete list of all subcontractors and materialmen and upon written request from the contractor, all subcontractors shall provide the same information. If the contractor or subcontractor willfully fails or refuses to furnish the list or to give the information to the owner or contractor within a reasonable time, he shall thereby forfeit his right to a lien under this article. Similarly, if the contractor or subcontractor fails to pay any materialman or subcontractor in direct privity with him in accordance with any contract, subcontract or purchase order specifically requiring him to do so, he shall thereby forfeit his right to a lien under this article.
(2) For any person having a right to a lien pursuant to Section 85-7-403 who does not have privity of contract with the contractor, or, if there is no contractor, with the owner, and is providing labor, services or materials for the improvement of property, within thirty (30) days following the first delivery of labor, services or materials to the property, the person shall give a written notice to the contractor, or, if there is no contractor, to the owner, either by e-mail with a confirmed receipt, registered or certified mail, or statutory overnight delivery setting forth the following:
(a) The name, address, and telephone number of the person providing labor, services or materials;
(b) The name and address of each person at whose instance the labor, services or materials are being furnished;
(c) The name of the project and location of the project to which labor, services or materials are provided; and
(d) A description of the labor, services or materials being provided and, if known, the contract price or anticipated value of the labor, services or materials to be provided.
If the person not in privity of contract with the contractor fails to provide the required notice to the contractor, he shall thereby forfeit his right to a lien under this article.
(3) When a claimant is requested to execute a waiver and release in exchange for or to induce the making of an interim or final payment in accordance with Section 85-7-419(2) or (3), and does so, if payment is made pursuant to the waiver and release and the design professional, contractor or subcontractor, without good cause, in turn willfully fails or refuses to pay the claimant the amount claimed as set forth in the waiver and release, then the design professional, contractor or subcontractor, as the case may be, shall be liable to the claimant in the amount of three (3) times the amount claimed on the face of the waiver and release. Good cause includes, but is not limited to, any defense available pursuant to the terms of the applicable contract, subcontract or purchase order.
(4) The provisions of this section do not apply to single-family residential construction.
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