Are lein deadlines different if the project is a commercial project, condos, apartments, or mixed use building in California?
Jan 10, 2019
Good question! In California, the lien deadline will be the same regardless of project type. For those with a direct contract, a mechanics lien must be filed by the earlier of: (1) 90 days after completion of the work of improvement; or (2) 60 days after the owner records a Notice of Completion or Cessation. For all other parties, the deadline to file a lien will be the earlier of: (1) 90 days after the completion of the project; or (2) 30 days after the owner records a Notice of Completion or Cessation. As a practical matter, though, it's worth noting that owners large commercial or mixed use jobs might be more prone to filing a Notice of Commencement or Cessation, which would impact when a lien could be filed (as described above). But, ultimately, the rules surrounding when a lien must be filed will be the same regardless of whether a project is commercial, condos, apartments, or a mixed use project. For more info on California's lien and notice requirements, this resource should be helpful: California Lien & Notice FAQs.