Frequently Asked Questions

How does CSA empower me with information?

What is Company Lien Reporting?

What is Job Completion Reporting?

What is the Weekly Bulletin Archive?


How does CSA protect my money?

What is a Preliminary 20-Day Notice?

What is a Notice of Completion?

What is a Intent to Lien/Stop

What is a Mechanics Lien?

What is a Stop Notice?

Will I need a lawyer?

What if I am unsure of my needs?

What if I need a lawyer?




Q: What is Company Lien Reporting?

What if you knew that the general contractor had a history of slow payment? Would you still start the job, or might you look for work elsewhere?

Company Lien Reporting is perhaps your greatest pre-bid tool. CSA maintains an exclusive repository of Lien's that are available in real time to CSA members!

CSA Lien Reports give you a complete, up-to-date lien history on any licensed general contractor in California. A CSA Lien Report provides all the information you need to know before you take the job.

In addition to being able to view Liens in the CSA database, our custom built tools let you plot graphs in real time. Now you can visually see the trends and progression of a licensed general contractor quickly at a glance!


Q: What is Job Completion Reporting?

A Notice of Completion, or Job Completion is filed when a particular job has been completed. Relevant to payment collections primarily because if a contractor has filed a completion it can drastically decrease the period of time a sub contractor can effect a Lien on a job site.

CSA's exclusive reporting lets you search the entire database for job completions by the owner, by the prime, and even by the job site address.


Q: What is the Weekly Bulletin Archive?

CSA's coveted Weekly Bulletin, published throughout the year, contains up to date Mechanics Lien and Notice of Completion listings and can be easily printed out readily giving you access to a printed hardcopy of our data.


Q: What is a Preliminary 20-Day Notice?
To ensure that you can indeed issue a Mechanics Lien or a Stop you must first begin the legal process. Typically a very tedious and error prone process, a misfiled Preliminary 20-Day Notice can eliminate your ability to even file a Mechanics Lien or issue a Stop. CSA simplifies the process and ensures that your Mechanics Lien and Stop rights will be protected and available to you.

Q: What is a Notice of Completion?

A Notice of Completion, or Job Completion, is filled when a particular job has been completed. Relevant to payment collections primarily because if a contractor has filed a completion it can drastically decrease the period of available time a sub contractor can effect a Lien on a job site.

For one month intervals, CSA will actively monitor and notify you the second a completion is filed for the particular job you request.


Q: What is a Intent to Lien/Stop
An Intent to Lien/Stop is an incredibly effective way to expedite payment on a contract, often without an actual Mechanics Lien or a Stop. Carefully drafted by CSA's legal team, CSA exclusive Intent to Lien/Stop has evolved over 15 years and has a past proven record.

Q: What is a Mechanics Lien?
A claim created by State statute for the purpose of securing priority of payment of the price or value of work performed and materials furnished in erecting, improving, or repairing a building or other structure, and as such attached to to the land as well as buildings and improvements erected thereon. Such lien covers materialsmen, tradesmen, suppliers, and the like, who furnish services, labor, or materials on construction or improvement of private property. Mechanics' Lien does not apply to Public Works Projects (see Stop Notice).

Q: What is a Stop Notice?
An alternative to the mechanics' lien remedy that allows contractors, suppliers and workers to make and enforce a claim against the construction lender, and in many instances, the owner, for a portion of the undisbursed construction loan proceeds. Stop Notice claim applies to both Public and Private Jobs.

Q: Will I need a lawyer?
Typically no, CSA's proven process virtually eliminates any need for external legal guidance or the need to source a collections agency.

Q: What if I am unsure of my needs?
All Standard / Platinum members enjoy full time access to phone consultation with a CSA Account manager for absolutely FREE.

Q: What if I need a lawyer?
In the event that you have missed your window of opportunity and not enacted CSA to protect your rights, we strongly urge you to consider membership and seek CSA's FREE phone consultation. If your particular situation is beyond the scope of our standard operations, CSA's lawyers are readily available and offered at a discount to Standard / Platinum members.