A claim of lien is good for eight (8) months from the date of recording/filing with the county auditor. To preserve its lien rights, a lien claimant must commence an action to foreclose on the lien prior to the expiration of the eight (8) month period. Any complaint to foreclose the lien must be served within ninety (90) days of filing the complaint.
Further, the court action must be prosecuted to judgment within two (2) years of filing the complaint or the action will be dismissed for want of prosecution. The statute provides that these time limitations will be tolled during any period of time the property owner is in bankruptcy.
Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.