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I am very sorry for your situation.
When you contracted with the landscaping company ("CON"), CON became your contractor. The supplies ("SUB") became the sub-contractor.
Under Florida law, subcontractors who provide labor or materials for the construction of improvements on private projects have the ability to file a lien on the property for non-payment by contractor to subcontractor. In other words, the subcontractor can lien you for non-payment to them by the contractor. Ridiculous - I know. It seems that this is what has happened here.
A lien is valid for one year, unless the subcontractor files a lawsuit to enforce the lien prior to the expiration of the year. An owner has a right to file a Notice of Contest of Lien during the one-year period. Upon the filing of a Notice of Contest of Lien, the subcontractor must file a lawsuit to enforce the lien within a certain amount of time. Failure of the subcontractor to timely file a lawsuit renders the lien invalid. Here, it seems they did
file a suit.
However, if the Court has found their lien to be invalid, then it should be voided. If it has not been automatically, what you may wish to do is to take a copy of the order/judgment that specifically dismisses the lien and take that to the county recorder in the county where the property is, and use it to void the lien off the title
. For this, pro se is normally fine.
If this does not work or if the order/judgment is not specific in its verbiage enough for the county recorder to void the lien going off it, you may need to file a special motion in Court seeking the Court to render a specific order that voids the lien. If so, an attorney is
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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