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Recording a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien in Alameda County

UPDATED April 26, 2020

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, venting 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 LIEN SERVICE division to record construction liens against the respective property owners.

A lien notice to be record with Alameda County Recorder 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 $89.00 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 recording. A conforming copy of the original document can be sent in 5-10 business days after recording. 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 time frames are the same when recording a CALIFORNIA Release Of Mechanics Lien.

Once a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien is recorded, as Claimant you are required to file suit to foreclose on the lien within ninety (90) days from date the CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien was recorded. This deadline can be extended for up to a total of one (1) year with the consent of all legal parties by filing a CALIFORNIA Notice Of Credit for extension.

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