What is a Contest of Lien?
In the state of Florida, contractors have 90 days from their LAST day of work on a property to file a lien upon the property for amounts due to them. Once the lien is recorded, it remains effective for one year. If the contractor does not hire an attorney to enforce the lien within that year, the lien automatically expires.
The property owner has the right, at any point during that year in which the lien is in effect, to record a Notice of Contest of Lien in the county where the original lien was recorded. The filing of the Notice of Contest of Lien by the property owner shortens the time period that the contractor has to enforce the lien from one year to just 60 days.
This information has been compiled from the Florida Department of Business and Regulation website. Visit their information page at: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/elboard/documents/florida_lien_law.pdf
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