CALIFORNIA MECHANICS LIEN FORM, WITH INSTRUCTIONS, FOR USE BY CALIFORNIA LICENSED CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS. THIS IS THE LATEST (2021) VERSION!
IMPORTANT! In 2011 Assembly Bill 457 went into effect... California has changed the laws regarding Mechanic's Liens by modifying California Civil Code Sections 3084 and 3146!
The mechanic's lien must be accompanied by a new NOTICE OF MECHANIC'S LIEN. Under this new CA law, the mechanic's lien and the notice of mechanic's lien must be served upon the property owner or reputed owner. The lien claimant is required to complete and sign a proof of service affidavit which is also included as part of the mechanic's lien. Under the new law, if you fail to serve the mechanic's lien including the new NOTICE OF MECHANIC'S LIEN upon the property owner (or reputed owner) as required, the mechanic's lien will be unenforceable.
Also included in the new law is the mandatory requirement that a notice of lis pendens be recorded within 20 days after filing the lawsuit to enforce the lien. We have been advising that our customers make sure this notice is recorded for the 23 years we have been in business selling forms. Now it is a mandatory requirement. The attorney who will be filing the lawsuit, if the mechanic's lien process goes this far, should be familiar with this requirement.
California Construction contractors, subcontractors, or material and equipment suppliers, have a process to collect money from a non-paying customer called the mechanics lien. A person or company that files a Claim of Mechanics Lien is called a "LIENOR". Often, the act of filing the Mechanics Lien itself is enough to get a stubborn, non-paying customer back to the negotiating table so that the situation can be resolved.
The California mechanics lien form is the California Contractor Form that a licensed CA Construction Contractor or subcontractor or supplier of materials or equipment, uses to begin the process of having the debt satisfied out of the property. In California, filing a mechanics lien helps insure that funds will be available to satisfy a successful foreclosure proceeding "won" by the lienor since the mechanics lien places a "hold" or "encumbrance" on the real property in question, where work was done.
When you order this form you will receive an informational sheet and timeline with instructions for filing a California Mechanics Lien.
This 2021 MEC-CA (California Mechanics Lien Form with the Notice of Mechanics Lien and the Proof of Service Affidavit as well as the Release of Mechanics Lien) is available two ways:
"Instant" fillable PDF form which includes The Entire Claim of Mechanics Lien Form (three pages) as well as the Release of Mechanics Lien Form- $35
As part of our stand alone software program specifically for California (all other states available)... ACT Contractors Forms Software
Click on the THUMBNAIL to see a LARGER image of EACH page of the complete mechanic's lien form...
CALIFORNIA CLAIM OF MECHANICS LIEN FORM WITH THE NOTICE OF MECHANICS LIEN, THE PROOF OF SERVICE AFFIDAVIT AND THE RELEASE OF MECHANICS LIEN