To whom do you send the
California Preliminary Notice?

Obtaining California preliminary notice information from General Contractors can be nerve-wracking; when we first started out I was super uncomfortable asking for that info.

(Preliminary Notice forms and Notice to Owner forms for other states)

Fortunately the good GC's have no problem with their Subs doing preliminary notices but the other guys usually have an attitude (along the lines of "how dare you prelim my job"), and that just made me more uncomfortable.

Now, many years later, it doesn't bother me one bit when they are unhappy that I do preliminary notices.

I just tell them that if they don't want me to issue a California preliminary notice then they will need to have me paid in less than 20 days from the day I start. ;)

Since they're not willing to do that, instead they give me the prelim info.

Don't be uncomfortable when requesting the California preliminary notice information, it's your right to have that information and their duty to provide it to you.

It's very important to note though, if an entity that should receive your preliminary notice does not (no matter the reason, even if the GC lied and didn't give you all the info), you very well may lose your right to file a mechanic's lien on the property.

It is your responsibility to make sure that everyone who should receive that preliminary notice, does. You absolutely MUST research that information or hire a company to do it for you.



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