Notice of Action (Lis Pendens), Mechanic’s liens, Substandard/Abatement liens, and Homeowner Association liens
A Lis Pendens is a notice that a court action has been filed which affects the property. This document is also used to foreclose on a property under a Mechanic’s lien. This item has an unlimited duration and must be withdrawn or released.
Mechanic’s liens are created when a contractor or subcontractor working on a specific property was not paid upon completion. The duration of a Mechanic’s lien is 90 days from the date recorded. The contractor may foreclose on the property that lien is recorded on, but he must commence the action within the 90 day period.
Substandard liens are recorded by the city or county. They can be for weed abatement, hazardous substances or substandard dwellings. They have no fixed duration, and escrow must order a demand to see if money is owed.
D. Homeowner Association liens are recorded when a person is delinquent on their association dues. There is no fixed duration, and escrow must get demand.
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