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Our company did work for a company headquartered in one state. The facilities we worked in were in two separate states. In which state should I file the lien?

WashingtonMechanics Lien

The company we worked for is located in Connecticut. We worked at their facilities in Kent, WA and Los Angeles, CA. Want to file the lien correctly but not sure which state to file or do I file in all?

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Feb 15, 2018
Liens are security instruments that encumber the actual property itself - and can even result in the foreclosure and sale of the property. Accordingly, the state in which the property is located has a significant interest in setting the process and requirements for claimants and extending certain protections to the property owners.

For those reasons, along with others such as providing proper notice to interested parties regarding the lien, liens must be filed in the state (and specifically, the county/parish) in which the improved property is located. So, for work performed at, or material furnished to, the location in Kent - the lien must be filed in WA (for the amount unpaid for that work). And, likewise, for work performed at, or material furnished to, the location in LA - the lien must be filed in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office (for the amount unpaid for that work).
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