HOW TO PROPERLY SEND A PRELIMINARY/PRE-LIEN NOTICE IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Notices, also known as Prelims or Pre-Lien Notices, are often a requirement for those working or supplying material or labor to a construction project. In California especially, the licensing board can fine you if you don’t process a Pre-Lien Notice at the start of a job. A preliminary lien notice must be sent by certified mail within 20 days of first providing labor, services, or materials to a project.
With Ontario being located in California, the notice must adhere to the requirements set forth in the California State Statutes.
Generally speaking the California Preliminary notice must contain the following information:
- Reputed Owner or Public Entity
- Reputed Construction Lender or Lessee
- The direct contractor or reputed direct contractor to which the party provides work, either directly or through one or more subcontractors
- Your Company information
- A general description of the work to be provided
- An estimate of the total price of the work provided and to be provided
- The Address / Location of the building, structure or other work of Improvement
- The Name of the person to or for whom the work is provided, and the relationship of your company to this entity
- Notice to Property Owner as described in the California Civil Code
Even if you don’t have all the above information, CNS will still be able to send a notice for you. Our team of researchers will look up and verify actual property ownership, financial lender information, bonding companies involved (if any), as well as the jobsite and general contractor information.
If you need help with your preliminary notice or aren’t sure where to begin, call CNS today!