In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 33-1051

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. "Bonded stop notice" means a stop notice that is given to any construction lender and that is accompanied by a bond executed solely by one or more surety companies authorized to transact surety business in this state pursuant to title 20, chapter 2, article 1 in an amount equal to one hundred fifty per cent of the amount of the claim on the condition that if the owner, original contractor or construction lender recovers judgment in an action brought on a verified claim or on the lien filed by the claimant, the claimant would have sufficient monies to pay all costs and damages that the owner, original contractor or construction lender may sustain by reason of the stop notice claim or the lien, not exceeding the amount specified in the bond.

2. "Construction lender" means any mortgagee or beneficiary under a deed of trust lending funds all or a portion of which defray the cost of the construction, alteration, repair or improvement or any assignee or successor in interest of either, or any escrow holder or other party holding any monies furnished or to be furnished by the owner or any other person as a source from which to pay construction costs.

3. "Original contractor" means any contractor who has a direct contractual relationship with the owner.

4. "Stop notice" means a written notice that is signed and verified by the claimant or its agent and that states in general terms all of the following:

(a) A description of the labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools furnished or agreed to be furnished by the claimant.

(b) The name of the person to or for whom the labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools were furnished or agreed to be furnished.

(c) The amount in value of the labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools already furnished and the total amount agreed to be furnished.

(d) The amount, if any, of payment received by the claimant for the labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools furnished or agreed to be furnished.

(e) The name and address of the claimant.