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The sample document being shown in the image is a mechanics lien release good within the State of California.
What is it and why do you need it?
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Any contractor who provides labor or materials for any home improvement project and who does not get paid can file a mechanics lien against the title of the property.
The keyword word there is “any”.
If you’re working with a general contractor and the general contractor is buying materials and hiring sub-contractors, that fact that you pay the contractor does not guarantee that the contractor will pay his vendors.
And if he does not, anyone owed money relative to having provided labor or materials can (and likely will) place a mechanics lien against your property.
Your defense against this happening is for you to get a mechanics lien release from your general contractors, each and every sub-contractor, and every material supplier.
How do you obtain them? Make receiving the lien releases one of the condition of you making the final payment. Write this into the contract. Of course this assume you have a list of every sub-contractor that will be used along with a list of material suppliers, which you also get from the general, but at the beginning of the job. Have that list also written into the contract.
This is the only absolute title protection you have.
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