File a Mechanics Lien in Los Angeles County, California


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Everything you need to know about filing a mechanics lien in Los Angeles County, California. Filing a mechanics lien is an effective way to get paid in the construction industry - but how? Are there special rules applicable to just Illinois? Are there special tricks or tips you should know to file in Cook County, which includes the Chicago area?

This presentation explains why mechanics liens are so effective, what the notice and filing requirements are in California, and what you specifically need to know about Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County recorders office to get your mechanics lien claim filed.

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File a Mechanics Lien in Los Angeles County, California

  1. 1. Los Angeles, California File A Mechanics Lien And Get Paid PUBLISHED BYFriday, April 19, 2013
  2. 2. WHY LIEN? Because It Works. California has strong mechanics lien remedies in place to protect you against non-payment. It’s the absolute most effective way to get paid.Friday, April 19, 2013
  3. 3. NOTICES You May Need A Preliminary Notice If you did not contract with the property owner on a project in California, you must furnish a "Preliminary Notice" within 20 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the project.  Failure to do this will impact your mechanics lien rights. However, a laborer is not required to give preliminary notice, and a claimant with a direct contractual relationship with the owner of the property is only required to give preliminary notice to the construction lender, if there is one. Send to the owner via certified mail, return receipt requested, with restricted deliveryFriday, April 19, 2013
  4. 4. TICK TOCK File Sooner Than Later A direct contractor must record his claim of lien after completion of the direct contract, and either ninety (90) days after completion of the work of improvement, or sixty (60) days after the owner records a Notice of Completion or Cessation; whichever is sooner. A claimant other than a direct contractor must record his mechanics’ lien after the claimant ceases to provide work, and either: ninety (90) days after completion of the work of improvement,or, thirty (30) days after the owner records a Notice of Completion or Cessation; whichever is earlier. Sooner is better than later.Friday, April 19, 2013
  5. 5. LOS ANGELES COUNTY Recorder of Deeds Office LA Recorders Office 12400 Imperial Highway Norwalk, California 90650 (562) 462-2125 This is where you’ll file your Los Angeles County Mechanics LienFriday, April 19, 2013
  6. 6. INFORMATION You’ll Need To Know 1. If you send your mechanics lien to Los Angeles County by mail it won’t get recorded fast. Use: - Private Courier - In-PersonFriday, April 19, 2013
  7. 7. INFORMATION You’ll Need To Know 2. Use Letter Sized Paper, Not Legal 3. Provide Extra Copy and Self Addressed Envelope To Get Copy Returned To YouFriday, April 19, 2013
  8. 8. Why Waste Time & Risk Mistake?Friday, April 19, 2013
  9. 9. Trusted By ThousandsFriday, April 19, 2013
  10. 10. It’s This EasyFriday, April 19, 2013
  11. 11. Summary: •Don’t send your Los Angeles County mechanics lien by mail - it will •Mechanics lien claims are effective. take too long to get filed •If you didn’t contract with the owner, •Save your time and avoid the risk of you’ll have to deliver a preliminary mistake by using a professional lien notice. service to file your Los Angeles County, California Mechanics Lien •Mechanics liens in Los Angeles Claim County must be recorded within 30-90 days of completion depending upon your role PUBLISHED BYFriday, April 19, 2013