The mechanics lien laws in California have been either in threat of change or in a state of change since 2008, with those changes taking effect progressively during that time and culminating this July 1st, 2012, with the final installment. Well, California, we are finally there!
The July 1st changes, among other things, brings about a whole new way of communicating about the mechanics lien requirements in California. This post breaks down some of this new terminology.
Original Contractor Now A “Direct Contractor.” Civil Code Article 8018 replaces the “original contractor” term, now defining a direct contractor as “a contractor that has a direct contractual relationship with an owner.”
Materialmen Now A “Material Supplier.” Civil Code Article 8028 replaces the old materialmen term, now defining a material supplier as ““Material supplier” means a person that provides material or supplies to be used or consumed in a work of improvement.”
Stop Notices is Now A “Stop Payment Notice.” Civil Code Article 8044 replaces the old “Stop Notice” remedy with virtually the same thing under a different name, the “Stop Payment Notice.”
These changes in terminology don’t change the law at all, but in a world where tiny details really matter (the mechanics lien world), using the right terms will make sure everyone is on the same page.