What can I do to either get my money back or get him to remove this lien. I actually do not think he is licensed by the DCA any more.
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You could file suit against him and he may be liable for excess damages under the Fair Debt Collection Act.
I am sorry to hear about your situation.
You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful. You could try sending him a letter stating you'll sue him if he doesn't remove it.
I wish you the best of luck.
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You can file a lawsuit to have the lien discharged.
You can also try filing a complaint with DCA. If he has a license, they will likely be able to help you get a quick resolution.
(PS - You should never pay a lienor for a mechanic's lien without simultaneously receiving a lien satisfaction so that you can avoid these types of situations)
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