Don’t Delay Filing California Liens: County Recorder Backlogs

Warning to all California Contractors and Material Suppliers: Do NOT delay in filing your mechanic’s liens.

While the California Code provides a 30-day, 60-day or 90-day lien window (depending upon circumstances – see this article), some county recording offices are reporting recording delays of up to 2 or 3 weeks! Documents submitted to the County of Los Angeles Recording Office, for example, may not be recorded for 10-20 days, and may not be returned for up to 10 weeks!

Obviously, therefore, California contractors are pinched to submit their liens for recording as soon as practical to lower the risk of the lien being tardy. A late lien is likely ineffective.

Zlien, Inc. works diligently to record your lien as soon as possible after being ordered. In California, we work with certified process servers, and in some instances make deliveries with overnight carriers to ensure that your lien is stamped and recorded as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t been paid on a construction project, however, its important that you take steps to protect yourself immediately. Contact Zlien today to learn more.

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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+.