They expire in six years. More information is needed, though, to really sort out what is your best move. It should be clear if the lien is against the property due to the need for a legal description on the lien. Feel free to contact me to see if we can help. Key documents include a copy of your purchase agreement and a copy of the lien.
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I agree with my Colleague on his answer
My question is to the title company
- why was it listed on the title commitment / the lien has long expired and they are not renewable
A Mechanic's Lien expires on the sixth anniversary of the date that it was recorded with the County Recorder. I have attached a link to the statute that provides that language. You should be able to take that to the title company. It is surprising that they don't already know that. In that same section of the Ohio Revised Code, 1311.13, but in paragraph (H), the County Recorder is even given the authority, "to destroy the record of all mechanics' liens which have been recorded for a period of ten years or longer." Clearly, a mechanic's lien that was filed 13 years ago is now dead, unless a foreclosure action was filed prior to the expiration of the original 6 years. Mechanic's Liens, unlike many other kinds of liens, are not renewable. When they expire, they are gone.
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