If a lis pendens is recorded and the lis pendens is NOT founded on a duly recorded instrument (e.g., mortgage or lien), a lis pendens bond should be recorded. The lis pendens bond should cover prospective damages associated with the wrongful / unjustified recording of a lis pendens that were suffered by the property owner. The reason being is that the lis pendens has an effect on the title to the property as long as the lis pendens is recorded. Damages could stem from a decline in the market value of the property, continued upkeep and maintenance of the property, and there may also be (and, really, should be) consideration for loss of investment return associated with the equity in that property. Finally, prospective attorney’s fees that could be incurred in discharging the lis pendens should also be included. For more information on this, please check out this article.
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