I own a vacant property in California. The agent who handled my purchase contracted with an unlicensed contractor to do about ten thousand dollars worth of work, mostly paint and flooring . The contractor took my money and did very little. Months later I received a letter from a legal aid lawyer representing a laborer who claimed to have been hired by the unlicensed contractor. This laborer, named Marco Valencia, claimed to have spent two weeks working on the home. He claimed to have worked on paint and installing carpet. The laborer has no license. He has nothing in writing from the person he claims hired him. He claims he worked for no pay with the promise that he was going to be paid later, or something like that. :) ?? The lawyer filed a Mechanic's lien in the amount of $3,522.63. She sites California Civil Code 8400 and 8024. She is telling me that they will foreclose on my property (Civil Code 8460). I offered them $325 to go away. They didn't counter that. They said that was meager. I will await your response on how to fight this. Thank you!