Building Contractors and Construction Problems Category: Money Debt and Consumer Issues


California legislature has enacted various protections in the relationship between a contractor and a home owner. These laws include mandatory language in the contract, a required cancellation period, limited down payments, and the inclusion of a description of the work to be performed.


Mechanics Lien, Claim of
Notice of Completion
Preliminary Notice, California Private Works
Release of Mechanics Lien
Release of Stop Payment Notice
Stop Payment Notice, Private Works
Trees and Plants in the Neighborhood

Learn About It Here in the City of Trees, our urban forest occasionally gives rise to conflicts between neighbors and between citizens and the city. Some of the laws applying to trees are a bit surprising, like the fact that trees can also be a fence, and that property owners...

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Contractors State License Board

Consumers can use the CSLB to find licensed contractors, check to see if a contractor is licensed, and get assistance with complaints against contractors.

24-Hour Licensing and Consumer Information:: (800) 321-CSLB (2752)
Mechanics Liens: Placing and Releasing Contractors Claims

A Mechanics’ Lien is an effective remedy for contractors, subcontractors, and others involved in the construction or improvement of real estate to resolve payment problems. If a service or materials provider records a Mechanics Lien against the real estate being improved, the owner cannot easily sell or refinance the property...

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Petition to Remove Mechanics’ Lien

Background Owners of real estate sometimes find that a contractor has recorded a mechanics lien on their property, and failed to remove it. Contractors and subcontractors can record mechanics’ liens against a piece of real property for work they do on that property. Although the lien automatically becomes invalid if...

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