BEARD HOBBS & ASSOCIATES
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Civil Code Sections 8182, 8190, 8412 & 8414
Effective July 01, 2012
By: Beard Hobbs Attorney at Law
A Notice of Completion is a document recorded by a property owner to notify potential Mechanic’s Lien claimants that a specific construction project has been completed. The effect of a properly recorded Notice of Completion is to reduce the time in which a subcontractor, material supplier or general contractor can record a Mechanic’s Lien against a private works construction project.
In order to be effective a Notice of Completion must be recorded at the County Recorders Office in the County were the construction project is located. The Notice of Completion must be recorded within 15 days of the date of actual completion of the construction project. The Notice of Completion must be verified by the owner, and identify the project owner, address of the project, the project general contractor and provide a general description of the scope of the work completed. In order to be effective a recorded copy of the Notice of Completion must be delivered to the general contractor and each potential Mechanic’s Lien claimant who has served the project owner with a Preliminary Lien Notice. The Notice of Completion must be personally delivered or mailed by certified mail return receipt requested.
Assuming that a Notice of Completion is recorded within 15 days of the completion of the project and properly served on the general contractor and all potential claimants, the time to record a Mechanic’s Lien is as follows:
A properly recorded and served Notice of Completion reduces the time for a general contractor to record a Mechanic’s Lien from 90 days to 60 days, after the date of completion of the project.
A properly recorded and served Notice of Completion reduces the time for a subcontractor or material supplier to record a Mechanic’s Lien from 90 days to 30 days, after the date of completion of the project.
An untimely or improperly served Notice of Completion, has no effect on Mechanic’s Lien claimants and a general contractor, subcontractor or material supplier has 90 days from the date of actual completion to record its Mechanic’s Lien.
Please NOTE that once you record a Mechanic’s Lien you have 90 days from the date of recording to file a lawsuit or your Mechanic’s Lien is legally void.
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