Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Secretary Schultz thanks Gov. Branstad for signing mechanic's liens legislation into law
(DES MOINES) – Today Governor Branstad signed House File 675, an Act concerning mechanics' liens including the establishment of a state construction registry for residential and commercial construction property owners.
This new law updates Iowa's mechanic's lien law by creating an online database, housed in the Secretary of State's office, where contractors and subcontractors will post notice of work performed on residential and commercial projects.
"I want to thank Governor Branstad for signing House 675 into law today. This registry allows contractors and subcontractors the ability to provide notice to homeowners through the Secretary of State's office. "This bi-partisan legislation ensures Iowans are protected when they are building or remodeling their homes and businesses," says Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.
Initiatives to update Iowa's mechanic's lien law started four years ago and have been a collaborate effort involving many Iowa industry and consumer groups.
"This change strikes a balance between protecting businesses and consumers," states Ben Bellus from the Attorney General's office, "Both subcontractors and homeowners will have access to key information that affects their interests."
The Iowa Secretary of State's office currently manages online records for UCC filings, Business Entity filings, and federal tax liens.
The new law goes into effect January 1, 2013.