Notice of Commencement
Florida’s Construction Lien Law requires that a Notice of
Commencement, signed by the property owner, be filed with the Miami-Dade
Clerk of the Courts 90 days prior to the start of any improvements
costing $2500 or more. Those who work on your property or provide
materials and are not paid, have a right to enforce their claim for
payment against your property in the form of a construction lien. This
will avoid the possibility of paying twice for improvements to your
property. The Notice of Commencement must be posted at the job site.
Before you make a final payment to your contractor you should
request proof that all final inspections have been approved. You should
also request final release of liens from any individuals or firms who
have provided labor, equipment or supplies, especially those who have
sent you a Notice to Owner letter.
File A Complaint
If your contractor abandons the work or you have a complaint
regarding his/her performance, you may file a complaint with the
Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office. The Contractor Licensing and
Enforcement Section will investigate and work toward a resolution of
the problem. The South Miami Building Department will help you file the
complaint and work with the investigator to resolve the problem.
Separate permits are required for exterior doors, windows,
shutters, roofing, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, swimming pools,
fences, driveways, signs, awnings and other items.