A mechanic lien is a security interest against real property recorded in favor of a party who prepared or improved that real property. It constitutes an encumbrance against the legal title on the property. Liens are often invalid because they are not timely recorded.
Don’t take chances or rely on guesswork when filing a lien. If an invalid lien encumbers the property owner, they may have a legal claim for damages.
In this video, I use California Mechanic lien law requirements as an example of the stringent guidelines for filing a valid lien.