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My contractor in NYC placed a lien on my co-op. I promptly paid and now he won't file a satisfaction of lien and remove it.

New York, NY |

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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  1. You could file suit against him and he may be liable for excess damages under the Fair Debt Collection Act.


  2. 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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  3. 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)

    The information provided herein is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is created by this answer. You should consult with a local attorney regarding your specific situation to obtain legal advice.

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