New Defenses to Mechanic's Liens in 2011

Two changes in California’s mechanic’s lien law took effect January 1, 2011. These changes provide property owners with new defenses to liens since failure to comply renders liens unenforceable as a matter of law:

1. Claimants must serve property owners with a new statutory notice before recording a lien.

2. Claimants must record a notice of pending action (commonly called a lis pendens) with the county recorder where the property is situated within 20 days of filing a lien foreclosure action. A lis pendens helps notify owners, lenders and third-parties of an action affecting title.

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