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Am I required to have my subcontractors (who didn’t file pre-liens – we are located in CA) issue lien releases before I can get paid by the client – note – there is no mention of having to furnish lien releases of any kind in my contract ?

2 years ago

See above !

Chief Legal Officer Levelset

There is no specific requirement that lien waivers must be provided built directly into California lien law. However, it is not uncommon for property owners to request / require lien waivers be provided by the direct contractor and for all parties down the chain (or an affidavit of the contractor that all lower-tiered parties were paid) prior to payment, though this is usually set forth by contract.

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