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time limits on liens

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the time limit that a lien will expire?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ed Johnson replied 10 years ago.

Dear mia,

Liens are not self executing. This means that as long as statuatory requirements were met in the filing of the lien, it remains in place until:

1. It is removed by the person who has placed it there.

2. Until you appeal it successfully

3. Until you ask for it to be removed by the clerk of courts with proof of satisfaction of the debt that got it placed there.

Some lien holders never take action to remove the lien unless you ask them to. Many home owners have been surprised to have a lien still filed on a property long after the debt is paid. They often do not find it until it is discovered at time of sale.

Property tax liens are this way. Many are automatically in place by law, but when the taxes are paid, the collector is remis in removing the lien. It is not removed automatically. You have to send them a letter sometimes, asking that they remove it.


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