Apr 32015

How is the Amount of a Mechanics Lien Calculated?

(This is Part 3 of our Mechanics Lien Series) The amount of a mechancis lien is limited to the reasonable value of the work provided by the claimant, or the price agreed to by the claimant and the person that contracted for the work, whichever is less. Moreover, a direct contractor or subcontractor may enforce a lien only […]

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Feb 42015

Who is Entitled to a Mechanics Lien?

(This is Part 2 of our Mechanics Lien Series) Generally, any person who provides work authorized for a work of improvement or site improvement on real property is entitled to a mechanics lien, including, but not limited to:  Direct contractors;  Subcontractors:  Material suppliers;  Equipment lessors;  Laborers; and  Design professionals. The term “work” includes labor, services, […]

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Jan 232015

What is a Mechanics Lien?

(This is Part 1 of our Mechanics Lien Series) When a contractor, subcontractor, material supplier, equipment lessor, laborer or design professional contributes to a private work of improvement and is not paid, one of its principal statutory remedies is a mechanics lien. A mechanics lien is an involuntary lien against the real property on which the claimant has provided […]

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Jan 232015

Intro to Mechanics Lien Laws

An introduction to California Mechanics Lien Laws Mechanics liens are an extremely important and effective remedy for contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and others in the construction industry. Often a mechanics lien will make the difference between being paid and not being paid for goods and services provided on a private work of improvement. However, the laws relating to mechanics liens […]

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Aug 82014

Information on Assembly Bill 2235

Joe Cowan is a member of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA).  Assembly Bill 2235, a statewide school facilities bond, is an important piece of legislation that will greatly improve our schools and student academic performance. Dave Cogdill, President & CEO of the California Building Industry Association, sent a letter to all CBIA members today asking […]

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