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Can a lien be filed on a completed pool project if customer has pending issues

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we completed a pool project, but the customer has a few pending issues. One example would be that a pool light fixture is was not secured properly, and the have a problem with some of the stones chipping away.

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Jul 16, 2018
That's a good question, and we get that question fairly often here. In fact, we wrote an article on the topic not that long ago: Can I File A Lien If My Workmanship Is In Dispute? Anyway, workmanship disputes should not prevent a mechanics lien filing. Claims over allegedly poor work can certainly come into play during negotiations or in an action to challenge or enforce the lien. However, because an actual lien filing is as simple as recording the lien document with the county recorder, no fact-finding or deliberation over work quality will prevent the filing of a lien. Of course, a lien claim should always be made in good faith, so it's important to only include amounts due and owing. Further, it's also imperative to abide by California's notice and deadline requirements - which you can learn about at our California Lien and Notice FAQ.
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