Did You Know? Filing Preliminary Notices

Many California contractors know that they are sometimes required to sent 20-day Preliminary Notices to the property owner and general contractor to preserve their lien rights (read related article about preliminary notice requirements in California).

Did you know that you can go a step further from simply sending this notice…and actually file the notice with the county recording office?

The benefit of filing the preliminary notice with the county recorder is that the county recorder will mail to the filing party (you) a notification if and when the property owner files a notice of completion or cessation. As discussed on the Zlien blog, the filing of these documents can affect your Liening Window. Receiving notification of its filing from teh county recorder, therefore, can be an enormous asset.

While this is a great benefit, be weary of relying on the recorder completely. The law is clear that your lien period will not be extended if the recorder fails to make this mailing to you.

Zlien, Inc. delivers preliminary notices to property owners and general contractors for $35.00 per notice. We can file your prelim notice with the county recorder and request notification of any future relevant filings for an additional $75.00 per notice.

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Scott Wolfe Jr

About Scott Wolfe Jr

Scott Wolfe Jr. is the CEO of zlien, a company that provides software and services to help building material supply and construction companies reduce their credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. He is also the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal, a leading online publication about liens, security instruments and getting paid on every account. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, with a specific emphasis on utilizing mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. You can connect with him via Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.