ORC 1311 governs lien laws. Unfortunately, whether the lien is valid or not, you still have to deal with clearing up your title. You could file a Quiet Title lawsuit or you could provide the lien holder with a notice to commence suit. (See Ohio Revised Code 1311.11). This is not a simple and easy process and either way you will be spending time and money getting it resolved. Sometimes the cheapest and fastest option is to offer a nuisance settlement in exchange for removal of the bogus lien.
As far as whether he can foreclose? Yes, if he has a "valid" and duly executed lien, he could foreclose on it. But, you seem to indicate the lien is at least highly questionable. Best of luck.
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You do not indicate what type of lien
If a judgment lien then there is an underlying lawsuit
This can be checked at the courthouse
If simply an Affidavit of Facts then not a lien
The title company should be able to refer you to a good real estate attorney to figure out what needs to be done
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