Can i put a mechanics lien on my property after it got foreclosed on in California?

Asked over 1 year ago - Ontario, CA

I did a ton of work on my house, over $50k in improvements. The house got foreclosed on, and it had equity in it. I wanted to know if I could put a mechanics lien on the property so that anyone attempting to buy it would have to pay me back for that work/improvements. I know it's a stretch, but still...

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  1. Michael Raymond Daymude

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    Answered . For many and various reasons: No.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  2. Edward Zaryl Kotkin

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    Answered . If you had equity, why didn't you refinance and pay off the lender? Elvis has left the building. Move on and good luck.

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  3. Cathleen M Curl

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    Answered . I agree with the other 2 answers. You can't lien for it. Sorry.

  4. Scott G Wolfe JR

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    Answered . Generally, no. BUT:

    1) If you did the work through a separate entity (like, a business did the work and formally contracted with you to do it), even if you are the majority or sole shareholder of the separate entity;

    AND

    2) You have time left within the lien period;

    AND

    3) You followed the preliminary notice procedures.

    THAN

    MAYBE

    It doesn't sound like, however, that all of the above are true.

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  5. Frederick Charles Thomas

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    Answered . Simply stated NO

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