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Hiif a contractor does not take action on a mechanics lien,

would the Lien be voided JA...
Hiif a contractor does not take action on a mechanics lien, would the Lien be voided
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: west Los Angeles
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: a lien was filled in Feb, 15 2006
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: thanks that is all
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Good afternoon. Yes, a lien does lapse within a period of time if a suit is not pursued. Under CA law, the contractor must file suit within 90 days of the recording of the lien. That is the only way for the contractor to enforce the contractor's lien rights. Subject only to some very limited exceptions, if the contractor goes past the 90 day time limit, the lien becomes unenforceable and the contractor is obligated to go through the steps to remove the now "stale" lien. If he refuses to do so, the contractor can be liable for up to $2000 in attorney fees for the owner to petition the Court to have the lien removed.

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