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Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Napa County

A Napa, CA based residential General Contractor asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a existing residence that needed sub standard carpentry and garage framing removed and rebuilt in Napa, CA within Napa County. The county is one of the top wine producing regions in the world, and is a designated American Viticultural Area.

The Napa County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s Office fees to record are as follows: $16.00 first page, $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to NAPA COUNTY RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks. There is a $1.00 fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional self addressed stamped envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a conforming copy.

Actual recording by mail is one (1) business day. The original document to be mailed back 5-6 weeks after recording.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Fresno County

A Los Angeles based company that designs and manufactures water well casings and screens asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a farm improvement in Riverdale, CA within Fresno County. The county is the center of a large agricultural area, known as the most agriculturally rich county in the United States according to Wikipedia.

The Fresno County Assessor-Recorder’s Office fees to record are as follows: $19.00 first page , $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to FRESNO COUNTY RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks. There is no extra fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional self addressed stamped envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a conforming copy.

Actual recording by mail is one (1) business day. You can view indexing information on their website 3-5 business days after recording. The original document to be mailed back 2-3 weeks after recording.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in San Joaquin County

A residential home improvement company that installed upgraded windows asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a residence in Stockton, CA within San Joaquin County. The county is the is the northern end of the Central Valley, and was one of the original United States counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood according to Wikipedia.

The San Joaquin County Assessor-Recorder’s Office fees to record are as follows: $22.00 first page , $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE and they will accept out-of-state business checks. There is a $1.00 additional charge if you include a conforming copy.

Actual recording by mail is the same day received. You can view indexing information on their website 2-3 business day after recording. The original document will be mailed back around 10-12 days after recording. A conforming copy of the original document can be sent the next business day. Include an additional copy of the notice and an additional self addressed stamped envelope. Indicate if the recording fee paid includes a conforming copy for of $1.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Kern County

A solar energy asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a residence in California City, CA within Kern County. The county is the is the southern end of the Central Valley, and the county’s economy is heavily linked to agriculture and to petroleum extraction according to Wikipedia.

Fees to record are as follows the county are as follows: 23.00 first page (already includes Real Estate Fraud Fee), $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to KERN COUNTY RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks. One important note for recording is that Kern County Assessor-Recorder’s Office does not do Conformed copies.

Actual recording is very slow if done by mail, ranging from 2-3 weeks. Another long delay occurs after recording, as the original that was recorded was not returned for until four (4) weeks by USPS First Class mail after it is recorded.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in El Dorado County

Recently a Sacramento based windows business asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien for a new custom home built in El Dorado Hills within El Dorado County. According to Wikipedia, El Dorado Hills is recognized nationally for its high median household income, ranking 77th in CNN Money Magazine’s best places to live in 2007, with the median household income for 2007 over $115,000.

Fees to record are as follows. $18.00 first page, $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. $3.00 additional per page of 8-1/2″ x 14″ paper. Thus your typical lien should be $21 to record.

The actual time if mailed for recording is the same day received. It is 1-2 weeks after recordation to view indexing information on their website. The original document will be mailed back 2-3 weeks after recordation. A conforming copy of the original document can be sent the next business day after recordation. There is no extra fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional self addressed stamped envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a conforming copy.

Recorded liens can not be viewed on their website.

As always, questions prior to recording a lien should be made by phone with the El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk’s Office. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM PST. Phone number to call is (530) 621-5490. The office is located off of U.S. Highway 50 and the Forni Road exit in Placerville, CA.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in San Francisco County

San Francisco is both the City and County government authority for CALIFORNIA Mechanics Liens to be recorded with. Carmen Chu is the Assessor/Recorder.

Recently our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division recorded liens against a coffee house project and a residential window replacement. Recording a lien in San Francisco must include the street address of the property, Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN), Lot and Block numbers. Unlike most lien recordings, there is not a legal description provided, nor available, for property in San Francisco.

Fees to record are $15.00 first page, $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, $3.00 additional per page of 8-1/2″ x 14″ paper. If you want the county to send your recorded notice to the Owner, cost is $6.00 for 1st address for notice to be sent to debtors, $2.00 for additional Debtors (optional service). Husband and wife count as one debtor.

A conforming copy of the original document can be sent after recordation. There is a $1.00 fee per copy if you include additional copies of the notice and additional Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a conforming copy.

The turn around time for actual recording is four (4) weeks. You can view Information on their website one (1) week after recordation.

New CALIFORNIA Notary Acknowledgement and Jurat Forms On January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 1050, all CALIFORNIA county Recorder’s Offices will require the Notary Consumer Disclosure. This bill requires a legible notice at the top in an enclosed box, stating that the Acknowledgment, or or Jurat verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which the acknowledgment, or jurat is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of the document.

new2015CAAcknowledgement

Documents such as a Mechanics Lien or Release of Mechanics Lien where the person appeared before a notary or other officer on or after January 1, 2015 must have this disclosure or will be rejected. Documents acknowledged before January 1, 2015 will be accepted for recording and must meet current applicable statue.

PreLien2Lien will have this new notary text change incorporated into the 18.12.01 version, slated to be released after Thanksgiving.

San Bernardino County in CALIFORNIA raises rates for recording

First page fees for recording Mechanic’s Liens and releasing those liens later in San Bernardino County in CALIFORNIA were increased on September 1, 2014.

Cost now for the first page is $25, an increase from the earlier cost of $18.

Each additional page cost remained at $3 per page. Additionally, the conformed copy cost will remain at $6, with a self-addressed stamped envelope to be included.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Placer County

Once in a while I like to record or release in person a CA Mechanics Lien at one of the local Northern California county recorder offices. This allows me to watch what a clerk’s representative looks for in a recorded document.

So last week I started my morning by visiting the Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar in Auburn, at the county government complex of Highway 49 and Richardson Drive. Our TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES customer, a concrete foundation contractor in Reno, NV, was paying for a release on CA Mechanics Lien that was recorded the previous week against homeowners who were building a luxury vacation home in the Lake Tahoe area. The day the Certified Mail CA Mechanics Lien was received by the Owner, the GC suddenly produced a Cashiers Check to pay the outstanding invoices. Now that is quick results.

The Clerk-Recorder-Registrar’s office in Auburn, CA is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm and does not close for lunch. They have a separate line for recording. The Recorder will not give your Original back to you at time of recording, so either bring a conforming copy which they will stamp for free or be ready to pay $4.00 for a 3-page copy. The Original will be mailed back to you in 3-6 weeks.

Cost is $15.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page. Checks are made payable to PLACER COUNTY RECORDER. They do accept business checks. They are also NOT charging the $10.00 Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fee that many California counties are now adding to recording fees.

The interesting thing I witnessed was the clerk’s representative looking for the word “CLAIMANT” alongside our customer’s company name near the signature line. This is NOT in any way required legally in any other California counties, as I politely reminded the clerk. He agreed, but it serves as a warning that a county clerk employee can reject a notice to be recorded for both legitimate reasons and arbitrary, incorrect logic.

Craig R. Altman
Founder/President
TRADITION SOFWARE, INC. \ TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES

Recording a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien in Alameda County

Alameda County is in the East Bay region of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It’s largest city is Oakland, with nearby Berkeley, home to the University of California, Berkeley.

Recently a small family HVAC (heating, ventng and air conditioning) business did work at two (2) local Oakland residences and was promised payment upon completion of the work. Payment did not occur so the company contacted our TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES division to record construction liens against the respective property owners.

A lien notice to be record in Alameda County must include the street address of the property. It is also helpful to include the Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN), along with a legal property description.

Fees include a MANDATORY $10.00 Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fee PLUS $15.00 first page, $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Actual recording time is one (1) week. You can view information on their website the same day a notice is recorded, indexing information only. An original document will be mailed back four (4) weeks after recordation. A Conforming Copy of the original document can be sent in 5-10 business days after recordation. There is no extra fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a Conforming Copy.

The fees and timeframes are the same when recording a CALIFORNIA Release Of Mechanics Lien.

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