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First, don't worry about the threat of any lien. If the contractor were to place a lien, he would not be able to do anything with it unless he filed a suit and prevailed in that suit. Given your facts, he would not prevail, and the court would simply order the lien released. And, if the contractor doesn't timely pursue the suit, the lien will lapse automatically. What you want to do is raise the stakes on your contractor so he understands he has skin in the game. Inform the contractor that should he be stupid enough to place this lien, you will file your own suit for damages for him impacting your title while the lien is in place and due to his intentional, fraudulent, and willful misconduct in filing the lien and trying to charge you for fraudulent charges, so you will be asking not only for any actual damages you've suffered, but also punitive damages. In my experience, that will typically end this.
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