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Can a restoration company put a mechanical lien on my property even though my name or signature is not on their bill?

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I live in California. I live on the third floor of a four story condo building complex. Back in February of this year, a pipe underneath my bathtub supposedly broke that caused a major leak and major damage to the unit directly below me. Our property management company hired a restoration company to repair the damaged unit. This restoration company billed the property management company. No where on this bill has my name or signature on it. The plumber that replaced the pipe as yet to bill his services to the property management company. My insurance company still needs some kind of documentation to determine if this broken pipe is my responsibility. The restoration company still has not been paid for their services. Can this restoration company legally put a mechanical lien on me?

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Apr 13, 2021

Possibly. Technically the repair company would have been required to provide you preliminary notice within 20 days of commencing work in order to lien your property because you did not hire them. But if you had actual knoweldge of their work, they may be able to advance an argument that you are estopped from claiming lack of preliminayr notice as a defense. 

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