I have files a lien in Illinois and in Indiana. How long do these liens last? By state when do they need to be renewed if not paid?
Feb 21, 2019
Illinois has one of the longer lien enforcement deadlines in the country. All lien claimants are required to enforce their liens within 2 years of completion of the "lienable work." Although this seems like a cushy period of time, claimants should be careful to not miss this deadline. Illinois courts are laughably strict about their enforcement deadlines. For more information visit the Illinois Mechanics Lien FAQs page. Indiana treats liens and enforcement deadlines a bit differently. Lien claimants are required to enforce their liens within 1 year of filing their claim. However, this deadline can be dramatically reduced by the owner if they so choose. If the owner sends a Notice of Foreclosure to the lien claimant, the deadline to enforce is cut down to just 30 days. For more information visit Indiana Mechanics Lien FAQs page. Note: As a general rule, mechanics liens cannot be renewed/revived. Only a handful of states allow for any kind of extension to your mechanics lien claim.