In the world of construction there's a form to save property owners from being held responsible for work done on their property, as well as it keeps the contractors from being able to file a lien(s) on your property if the contractor(s) isn't paid.
LINK TO THE LIST OF FORMS BELOW
When To Use A Legal Notice Of Non-Responsibility Form
A tenant/lessee/etc. contracts for construction work to be done on the property he occupies.
But the Owner of the property, while being okay with the work being done, didn't *ask*
for the work to be done and does not want to be responsible for payment should the tenant/lessee/etc. not pay the contractor(s) and/or supplier(s).
In addition the Owner wants to avoid liens on his property and this document can prevent those contractors and suppliers from filing those liens.
Because the Owner did not contract for the work he has the legal right to claim non-responsibility which protects his property from liens should his tenant not pay the contractors/suppliers.
That's when the Legal Notice of Non-Responsibility is used.
When The Notice Of Non-Responsibility Cannot Be Used
Some Owners think that, even though they are the ones that contracted for work to be done, they can use this form to keep liens from being filed. That's not the case.
If the Owner contracts for the work then the Owner is legally liable for all that the Non-Responsibility document would prevent.
Owners That Require Tenants To Have Improvements Made
In some cases Owners require their tenants to have certain improvements done.
It has been argued in court that when the Owner *requires* the tenant to have the improvements done then the Owner *is* technically contracted with the contractor(s)/supplier(s), and therefore legally liable and his property is *not* protected from liens.
Just a heads up on that. ;o)
Here's that list of states so that you can get a notice of non-responsibility for whichever state you need.
Currently all but the California link will take you to my affiliate - a legal forms company with many more forms than I have. The California link will take you to the page here at my site for the California form.