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Can you renew a lien after two years on a residential project? Continuing the lien for another two years?

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Just curious, after a lien has been placed and the two years expire, can we place another lien on the home that we performed work on.

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Apr 8, 2019
Good question. By and large, most states don't allow for any mechanics lien extensions - neither for the time to file a lien, nor for the time to enforce a filed mechancis lien. Illinois falls under into this majority. In Illinois, the deadline to enforce a filed mechanics lien will be 2 years from the completion of lienable work - and this deadline cannot be extended. Keep in mind, if a lien has been filed, but payment still is not forthcoming, sending a threat to enforce the filed lien - like a Notice of Intent to Foreclose - could work to compel payment without the need for taking further legal action. That idea is discussed in this article: What is a Notice of Intent to Foreclose? For more information about Illinois lien claims, this resource will be valuable: Illinois Lien & Notice Overview.
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