I received a NOI

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I have a NOI. I am not confident that the party that filled the NOI can be trusted to remove the intent with full payment. I never should have hired him, lesson learned. Now I just want to pay him be done with him. How can I be assured the NOI will be removed? Is there a form? Should I pay him if he won’t put into writing that the NOI is removed?

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Mar 10, 2021

In California, a Notice of Intent to Lien isn't a filed document, so there isn't anything that would need to be removed per se. Consider it a simple payment demand letter with some teeth. In any event, you should request that the subcontractor provide a California Conditional Lien Waiver and Release in exchange for the payment. That way your bases are covered regarding any potential lien claims from that subcontractor after payment has been made.

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Mar 15, 2021
A Notice of Intent to Lien is not a mechanic’s lien and does not need to be released. It’s not recorded and does not affect the title to your property. It has no legal effect except to let you know that the person intends to record a mechanic’s lien in the future. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about this.

Cathleen M. Curl, Esq.
Law Office of Cathleen M. Curl
700 El Camino Real, Suite 200
Millbrae, CA 94030
T 650-871-5955
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