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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