Mechanics' Liens

The California Constitution gives mechanics' lien rights to contractors, workers and material suppliers.

Design professionals are also afforded mechanics lien rights, but only after construction begins. Prior to construction they have design professional lien rights. This is specific only to licensed architects, engineers, and landscape architects.

Recording a mechanics' lien is a straight forward process, and many contractors use services that will record liens for a reasonable fee. But, the laws for enforcing mechanics liens are complicated and often confusing.

If the lien has any possibility of being challenged, you are wise to seek the assistance of a competent attorney that understands mechanics liens before you even think about foreclosing on the lien. This could save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

The reason that we do not make it sound easy, or a quick step by step how-to, is that there are too many important factors that can affect your rights. It would be a disservice to imply that this process is a simple affair.


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