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is there an expiration date for mechanics liens? do they go null and void after a certain amount of time?

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My boss performed work at a clients residence, was paid, and said client put a stop payment on the check. Client will not respond to messages or emails

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Nov 29, 2018
That's a good question. Mechanics liens do have a shelf life - and that shelf life is shorter in California than it is in other states. Once a mechanics lien is filed, a California claimant must enforce their lien within 90 days of filing the lien. If a filed lien is not enforced within 90 days, the lien will expire and become unenforceable (though it's worth noting that it won't just disappear from the record on its own). It's also worth noting that this time frame can be extended via a Notice of Credit. For more information on California mechanics liens, this resource should be helpful: zlien Lien and Notice FAQs.
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