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California’s Mechanic Lien

In California, liens filed on private property are known as Mechanic’s Liens. When a California mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property.

In most circumstances, California does not allow mechanics liens to be filed on government owned property.  However, nearly every project on government owned project is required to have a payment bond in place to protect subcontractors and suppliers. Filing a claim against the payment bond secures your claim for money in a way that is similar to filing a lien claim. In addition to the payment bond, stop notices may also be filed.  Both bond claims and stop notices are discussed in more detail below.

Contractors, as well as subcontractors, design professionals, sub-subcontractors and material suppliers can file a California mechanics lien. If a company supplies material to a material supplier, they are not eligible to file a California mechanics lien claim.
Within 20 days of the commencement of work on the property, subcontractors and suppliers should provide written notice to the owner, the general contractor and the construction lender that they are performing work on the property. If the notice is served late, then the claimant can claim a California construction lien for the value of the labor or materials provided in the 20 days preceding the service of the notice and thereafter.

For more information on California’s Mechanic Liens, please visit LienItNow.

Lien Filed by EOP Architects of Lexington

According to, the CentrePointe project in downtown Lexington still owes EOP Architects more than $430,000 for their services.  According to files with Fayette County Clerk, EOP filed a lien against CentrePointe in the amount of $432,789.56 on Thursday.  The company withdrew from the project in August and unfortunately had to resort to placing a lien against the property.

The entire project consisted of a hotel, apartments, an office building, and retail space the size of an entire city block, as well as a restaurant. 

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