how long do we have to file a lien after the final inspection

2 weeks ago
State: California

how long do we have to file a lien after the final inspection

Managing Partner Gibbs Giden LLP

The timing does not run from “final inspection” — it runs from “completion” of the work (i.e., 90 days from completion).  It can be shortened by a Notice of Completion to 30 days from recordation of such a notice.

Assuming a Private Work of Improvement, Civil Code section 8180 dictates that “completion” is deemed to occur on the occurrence of any of the following events:

(1)   Actual completion of the work of improvement;

(2)   Occupation or use by the owner accompanied by a cessation of labor;

(3)   Cessation of labor for a continuous period of 60 days; or

(4)   Recordation of notice of a cessation after cessation of labor for a continuous period of 30 days.

–CN

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