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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

SMCGS Databases: Index to Mechanic's Liens

mechanic's lien is a security interest in the title to property for the benefit of those who have supplied labor or materials that improve the property. The lien exists for both real property and personal property. 

This index was created using Indexes 1 and 2 to Mechanic's Liens and cross checking the entries with the Mechanics Liens Volumes 1-7. 

The liens offer clues to financial problems.  You will often see several liens filed against an individual or company in a short time period.  Some are released quickly, others take years to be released.  Some of the filings include materials lists with costs. There are also liens filed by laborers against both owners and contractors. 


  •       The earliest Liens were filed rather than entered in ledger books, those files have not been located in the Record Repository. 
  •       Some Liens and some releases were recorded in the Miscellaneous books or Official Records rather than the specialized Mechanics Liens volumes.  There is a column to indicate the book set.
  •       Liens recorded in other book sets were not cross checked from index. 
  •       Copies of records should be ordered from the County Recorders Office.  Give them the book set and the page numbers.
Index to San Mateo County Mechanic's Liens

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