Who cancels a mechanics lein I filed a mechanics lein on property I have done work on. If I'm paid or if I want to cancel the lein, who has the authority to do so
The cancellation/release of an Illinois mechanics lien is governed by 770 ILC S 60/35, which states that the party who filed the claim or someone duly authorized by the claimant can file a lien release. The process itself is fairly straightforward. All that needs to be done is to fill out an Illinois lien release form referencing the filed lien, and record the form with the recorder of deeds where the lien was filed.
One important thing to note, is that if, after the debt has been paid or the claim expires, you receive a written demand to release the claim; you must do so within 10 days of receipt of said demand. Failure to do so can open you up to liability for $2,500 and any court costs or attorney fees incurred by the owner in action to remove the claim.
Once you have been paid, you will record a Release of Lien, in the same manner as you recorded the original lien. If no agreement regarding payment is reached, make certain you remember that suit must be filed within 2 years of the work being completed.