To avoid the surprise, California, and many other states, have instituted prelien notice filing or serving requirements. These recent changes to the mechanics lien law are generally billed as "consumer friendly" legislation because they aim to take some of the "surprise" out of the mechanics lien filing process.
In California in particular, the mechanics lien law requires that the lien claimant do the following:
- serve the property owner of a mechanic’s lien when the lien is recorded;
- serve a notice of a mechanic’s lien that explains the purpose of the lien and what it does; and
- recording a notice that an action is pending (a “lis pendens”) within 20 days of filing a lawsuit to foreclose on the mechanic’s lien.
For help on filing a California mechanics lien, give us a call at 888-543-6765 or visit the California mechanics lien section of our website by clicking here.