(a) Any waiver and release of a lien or payment bond claim under this chapter is unenforceable unless a waiver and release is executed and delivered in accordance with this subchapter.
(b) A waiver and release is effective to release the owner, the owner’s property, the contractor, and the surety on a payment bond from claims and liens only if:
(1) the waiver and release substantially complies with one of the forms prescribed by Section 53.284;
(2) the waiver and release is signed by the claimant or the claimant’s authorized agent and notarized; and
(3) in the case of a conditional release, evidence of payment to the claimant exists.

Terms Used In Texas Property Code 53.281

  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Property: means real and personal property. See Texas Government Code 311.005
  • Signed: includes any symbol executed or adopted by a person with present intention to authenticate a writing. See Texas Government Code 311.005