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The Project Awareness Letter is the first step towards fostering collaborative relationships with higher-tier parties. It’s a friendly letter that simply lets the Property Owner and General Contractor know you’re working on the job, and it helps to open the lines of communication from day 1 of a project. We recommend sending this letter right when you’re hired on the job. Note that this letter is not statutory and does not protect lien rights.
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Should I file an Intent to Lien?
A notice of intent to lien in not required in California. The only reason to send one would be to attempt to apply pressure without the cost of recording and eventually the cost of releasing a lien.
You may be eliebile to file a lien if you performed work to improve the property and you either:
-Had a contract directly with the owner;
-Served preliminary notice within 20 days of commencing work;
-The owner had actualy knowledge of your work.
If you are eleible, you must record your lien within 90 days of project completion (by all trades) absent a notice of completion or notice of cessastion. If the project was not completed, a cessation of labor for 60 contiguous days also consistutes completion for lien purposes, triggering the start of the 90 day deadline.
If a notice of completion or cessation was filed, then you have 60 days from that notice if your contract is directly with the owner and 30 days from the notice otherwise, to record your lien.
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