Georgia Code Title 44. Property § 44-14-366

(a) Waivers and releases provided for under this Code section shall be limited to waivers and releases of lien and labor or material bond rights and shall not be deemed to affect any other rights or remedies of the claimant.

(b) A right to claim a lien or to claim upon a bond may not be waived in advance of furnishing of labor, services, or materials.  Any purported waiver or release of lien or bond claim or of this Code section executed or made in advance of furnishing of labor, services, or materials is null, void, and unenforceable.

(c) No oral or written statement by the claimant purporting to waive, release, impair, or otherwise adversely affect a lien or bond claim is enforceable or creates an estoppel or impairment of claim of lien or claim upon a bond unless:

(1) It is pursuant to a waiver and release form duly executed by the claimant prescribed below;  and

(2) The claimant has received payment for the claim as set forth in subsection (g) of this Code section.

(d) When a claimant is requested to execute a waiver and release in exchange for or in order to induce payment other than final payment, the waiver and release shall substantially follow the language of the following form, be in at least 12 point font, and need not be in boldface capital letters, and the priority of such claimant's lien rights, except as to retention, shall upon such payment thereafter run from the day after the date specified in such Waiver and Release of Lien and Payment Bond Rights Upon Interim Payment form:

“WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIEN AND PAYMENT BOND RIGHTS UPON INTERIM PAYMENT

STATE OF GEORGIA

COUNTY OF

THE UNDERSIGNED MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY (NAME OF CONTRACTOR) TO FURNISH (DESCRIBE MATERIALS AND/OR LABOR) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF IMPROVEMENTS KNOWN AS (TITLE OF THE PROJECT OR BUILDING) WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF , COUNTY OF , AND IS OWNED BY (NAME OF OWNER) AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

(DESCRIBE THE PROPERTY UPON WHICH THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE BY USING EITHER A METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION, THE LAND LOT DISTRICT, BLOCK AND LOT NUMBER, OR STREET ADDRESS OF THE PROJECT.)

UPON THE RECEIPT OF THE SUM OF $ , THE MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN WAIVES AND RELEASES ANY AND ALL LIENS OR CLAIMS OF LIENS IT HAS UPON THE FOREGOING DESCRIBED PROPERTY OR ANY RIGHTS AGAINST ANY LABOR AND/OR MATERIAL BOND THROUGH THE DATE OF (DATE) AND EXCEPTING THOSE RIGHTS AND LIENS THAT THE MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN MIGHT HAVE IN ANY RETAINED AMOUNTS, ON ACCOUNT OF LABOR OR MATERIALS, OR BOTH, FURNISHED BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO OR ON ACCOUNT OF SAID CONTRACTOR FOR SAID BUILDING OR PREMISES.

GIVEN UNDER HAND AND SEAL THIS DAY OF , .

(SEAL)
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(WITNESS)

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(ADDRESS)

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Provided, however, that the failure to correctly complete any of the blank spaces in the above form shall not invalidate said form so long as the subject matter of said release may reasonably be determined.

(e) When a claimant is requested to execute a waiver and release in exchange for or in order to induce making of final payment, the waiver and release shall substantially follow the language of the following form, be in at least 12 point font, and need not be in boldface capital letters:

“WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIEN AND PAYMENT BOND RIGHTS UPON FINAL PAYMENT

STATE OF GEORGIA

COUNTY OF

THE UNDERSIGNED MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY (NAME OF CONTRACTOR) TO FURNISH (DESCRIBE MATERIALS AND/OR LABOR) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF IMPROVEMENTS KNOWN AS (TITLE OF THE PROJECT OR BUILDING) WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF , COUNTY OF , AND IS OWNED BY (NAME OF OWNER) AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

(DESCRIBE THE PROPERTY UPON WHICH THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE BY USING EITHER A METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION, THE LAND LOT DISTRICT, BLOCK AND LOT NUMBER, OR STREET ADDRESS OF THE PROJECT.)

UPON THE RECEIPT OF THE SUM OF $, THE MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN WAIVES AND RELEASES ANY AND ALL LIENS OR CLAIMS OF LIENS IT HAS UPON THE FOREGOING DESCRIBED PROPERTY OR ANY RIGHTS AGAINST ANY LABOR AND/OR MATERIAL BOND ON ACCOUNT OF LABOR OR MATERIALS, OR BOTH, FURNISHED BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO OR ON ACCOUNT OF SAID CONTRACTOR FOR SAID PROPERTY.

GIVEN UNDER HAND AND SEAL THIS DAY OF , .

(SEAL)
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(WITNESS)

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(ADDRESS)

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Provided, however, that the failure to correctly complete any of the blank spaces in the above form shall not invalidate said form so long as the subject matter of said release may reasonably be determined.

(f) Nothing contained in this Code section shall affect:

(1) The enforceability of any subordination of lien rights by a potential lien claimant to the rights of any other party which may have or acquire an interest in all or any part of the real estate, factories, railroads, or other property for which the potential lien claimant has furnished labor, services, or material, even though such subordination is entered into in advance of furnishing labor, services, or material and even though the claimant has not actually received payment in full for its claim;

(2) The enforceability of any waiver of lien rights given in connection with the settlement of a bona fide dispute concerning the amount due the lien claimant for labor, services, or material which have already been furnished;

(3) The validity of a cancellation or release of a recorded claim of lien or preliminary notice of lien rights;  or

(g)(1) When a waiver and release provided for in this Code section is executed by the claimant, it shall be binding against the claimant for purposes of the waiver of lien and labor or material bond rights to the extent stated in the waiver and release, subject only to the provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection.

(2) Such lien and labor or material bond waivers and releases shall conclusively be deemed effective upon the earliest to occur of:

(A) Actual receipt of funds in the amount set forth in the waiver and release;

(B) Execution by the claimant of a separate written acknowledgment of payment in full;  or

(C) Ninety days after the date of the execution of the waiver and release, unless prior to the expiration of said 90 day period the claimant files in the county in which the property is located an affidavit of nonpayment, using substantially the language in the following form, where such language shall be in at least 12 point font and need not be in boldface capital letters:

O.C.G.A. § 44-14-366

STATE OF GEORGIA

COUNTY OF

THE UNDERSIGNED MECHANIC AND/OR MATERIALMAN HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY (NAME OF CONTRACTOR) TO FURNISH (DESCRIBE MATERIALS AND/OR LABOR) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF IMPROVEMENTS KNOWN AS (TITLE OF THE PROJECT OR BUILDING) WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE CITY OF , COUNTY OF , AND IS OWNED BY (NAME OF OWNER) AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

(DESCRIBE THE PROPERTY UPON WHICH THE IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE BY USING EITHER A METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION, THE LAND LOT DISTRICT, BLOCK AND LOT NUMBER, OR STREET ADDRESS OF THE PROJECT.)

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THE ABOVE FACTS ARE SWORN TRUE AND CORRECT BY THE UNDERSIGNED, THIS DAY OF , .

(SEAL)
CLAIMANT'S SIGNATURE

SWORN TO AND EXECUTED

IN THE PRESENCE OF:

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WITNESS

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NOTARY PUBLIC

WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF FILING THIS AFFIDAVIT OF NONPAYMENT, THE FILING PARTY SHALL SEND A COPY OF THE AFFIDAVIT BY REGISTERED OR CERTIFIED MAIL OR STATUTORY OVERNIGHT DELIVERY TO THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY.  IF THE FILING PARTY IS NOT IN PRIVITY OF CONTRACT WITH THE PROPERTY OWNER AND A NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT IS FILED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT ON THE PROPERTY FOR WHICH THE FILING PARTY'S LABOR, SERVICES, OR MATERIALS WERE FURNISHED, A COPY OF THE AFFIDAVIT SHALL BE SENT TO THE CONTRACTOR AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN ON THE NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT.  WHENEVER THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY IS AN ENTITY ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S CORPORATIONS DIVISION, SENDING A COPY OF THE LIEN TO THE COMPANY'S ADDRESS OR THE REGISTERED AGENT'S ADDRESS ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL BE DEEMED SUFFICIENT.”

(3) A claimant who is paid, in full, the amount set forth in the waiver and release form after filing an affidavit of nonpayment shall upon request execute in recordable form an affidavit swearing that payment in full has been received.  Upon recordation thereof in the county in which the Affidavit of Nonpayment was recorded, the affidavit of nonpayment to which it relates shall be deemed void.

(4) Nothing in this Code section shall shorten the time within which to file a claim of lien.

(5) A waiver and release provided in this Code section shall be suspended upon filing of an affidavit of nonpayment until payment in full has been received.

(6) The claimant may rely upon the information contained in the waiver and release form when completing for filing the affidavit of nonpayment.


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