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Is the type of work/services we are performing eligible for a Mechanics Lien?

CaliforniaMechanics LienPreliminary Notice

5C is currently supplying one to five material hauling trucks to a local concrete company. We are picking up sand and rock for the concrete company and delivering it to their plant for use in their concrete mixes. We began providing the services 5/15/17 and have done so most everyday since. I would say there hasn't been more than 2-3 days break in the work at a time. Does that have an impact on the "start date" of the project? If we are eligible to file a Mechanics Lien is it too late to submit the 20 day _preliminary notice? I understand that it would only grant us back through the beginning of November. Thank you!

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Nov 30, 2017
California provides broad mechanics lien rights. In California, direct contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors, laborers, design professionals, and any person providing work authorized for a site improvement have lien rights. If the work has been performed pursuant to the same agreement, generally a short break such as the one you described won't impact your start date on the project. However, if the contemplated work was completed and you were hired again to complete separate work, that could potentially impact the start date of a project. Regarding late notice, in California, late notice will be effective to any labor or material furnished in the 20 days preceding the date notice was given.
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