TALLAHASSEE—This month, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation partnered with the Florida Association of Counties to help protect consumers from the financial damages that can occur when a contractor fails to pay sub-contractors.

Prior to working with one of Florida’s 110,000 licensed contractors, a consumer should obtain a waiver of lien for jobs more than $2,500.

“This economic climate requires innovative, creative solutions and partnerships between state and local government,” said Secretary Charles W. Drago.

“I would like to thank the Florida Association of Counties for partnering with us on this important initiative to educate consumers on measures they can take to protect themselves.”

The waiver or release of lien is a written statement that protects the consumer by removing the property from the threat of lien.

Before making any payments, consumers should be sure to receive this waiver or release from suppliers and subcontractors covering the materials used and work performed on their property (Section 713.20, F.S.).

Local building departments are responsible for providing an educational brochure about Florida’s lien law to every homeowner who applies for a building permit that requires a notice of commencement.

The brochure is available on the Department’s Web site,

MyFloridaLicense.com, at the bottom of the Construction Industry Licensing Board page.

“In these tight times we must protect ourselves from unnecessary expenses, and protecting the citizens of Florida is our top priority,” said Florida Association of Counties Executive Director Chris Holley, “Counties are committed to educating consumers on the simple steps they can take to save dollars and their home.”

The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly.

The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists.

For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

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