Court: pre-construction work not subject to lien


The Washington Court of Appeals is continuing the recent trend of invalidating mechanic’s liens for lack of strict compliance — this time by concluding that the work provided by the contractor was not subject to the state’s lien statute because it was performed in connection with preparing a bid, not an improvement of the property, and was not done at the direction of the owner.

In the latest case from Division Three of the Court of Appeals, Colorado Structures Inc. v. Western Development Partners LLC, Western Development approached general contractor Colorado Structures (CSI) about expanding a mall in Walla Walla.

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