The Sacramento County Public Library has recently published a page with a good overview of the California lien laws, as well as links to forms, websites and other resources that can help contractors and suppliers understand and utilize liens.
The page leads off with this pithy summary of lien laws in California:
A Mechanics’ Lien is an effective remedy for contractors, subcontractors, and others involved in the construction or improvement of real estate to resolve payment problems. If a service or materials provider records a Mechanics’ Lien against the real estate being improved, the owner can not easily sell or refinance the property without first paying off the debt secured by the lien. A Mechanics’ Lien motivates the owner to make sure the contractors get paid, and is a prerequisite to filing a foreclosure action on the property.
And provides these resources, useful for anyone wanting to know more about California liens and preliminary notices:
– Information on how to record documents in California (great basic information about how and where documents like liens get recorded).