California Mechanic's Lien Interest - Can a subcontractor charge interest on a mechanic's lien?

Summary: Subcontractors (and Original Contractors and Suppliers) may be entitled to charge interest on a mechanic's lien



QUESTION: A lien was filed against our property. Is the subcontractor able to attach interest to the lien until it is paid? Thank you, Scott

ANSWER: If the lien is foreclosed upon, the foreclosure award will include 10% interest on the principal amount. That's the only rule. Subcontractors often demand interest on their lien when asking for payment in satisfaction of the lien. It can be argued that the right to interest does not vest until a foreclosure award is entered after trial in a lawsuit to foreclose upon the lien, and that such a demand for interest in the payoff demand is inappropriate. However, the fact that interest would be added to the judgment may entitle the claimant to interest in addition to the payoff amount.


THANK YOU to Dave Barnier for the above response. :) Mr. Barnier is a practicing litigation attorney with Barker, Olmsted and Barnier in San Diego CA and can be reached at 619.682.4842.

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