2014 Mississippi Code
Title 85 - DEBTOR-CREDITOR RELATIONSHIP
Chapter 7 - LIENS
Article 21 - SPECIAL LIENS ON REAL ESTATE OR OTHER PROPERTY
§ 85-7-409 - Limitation of recovery of subcontractors against single-family residential homeowner

MS Code § 85-7-409 (2014) What's This?

(1) As to single-family residential construction only, payment made by or on behalf of the owner to a contractor or design professional in privity with the owner, for the work of a subcontractor, materialman, professional engineer or professional surveyor, shall be an absolute defense to any claim of lien made by the subcontractor, materialman, professional engineer or professional surveyor, (a) but only to the extent of the payment actually made by or on behalf of the owner to the contractor or design professional in privity with the owner, and (b) only to the extent the owner has not received a pre-lien notice in accordance with subsection (2) of this section before the payment.

(2) As to single-family residential construction only, as a condition precedent of any right to a special lien under Section 85-7-403 in favor of a subcontractor, materialman or design professional not in privity with the owner, the claimant must provide the owner a pre-lien written notice at least ten (10) days before filing a claim of lien under Section 85-7-405, which can be evidenced by any reliable means of delivery.

(3) The claimant's written notice required in subsection (2) shall be in substantially the same form as the Pre-Lien Notice set forth in Section 85-7-433(5).

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