Appellate Court Affirms that Oral Agreement for Home Improvement Project May Be Enforced Against “Sophisticated Homeowner” Notwithstanding Business & Professions Code Requirement that All Home Improvement Contracts Be in Writing

Business and Professions Code section 7159 governs contracts for home improvement projects (which exceed $500), and provides heightened requirements for same, including a requirement that all contracts for these projects be in writing. Homeowners with only oral...

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Beginning in January 2011 Mechanic’s Lien Claimants will be Required to Serve Project Owners a Specified Notice Before Recording Their Lien

At present, to record a mechanic's lien a claimant need only to complete and execute a claim of lien form and record the same at the county recorder's office in the county where the project was located. The claimant has no obligation to inform the project owner that...

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