How to Remove a Lien?
The easiest way to remove a lien is to pay it. If the lien holder is the government, they will send you a release after the debt is paid, typically within 8 weeks. If the lien holder is a private entity, you will need to seek them out for a release after you cleared or paid the lien.
With contractors, ask for a lien waiver when providing the final check for work performed. By getting that lien waiver once the job is done, a contractor can’t fraudulently put a lien on your property.
In the State of Illinois, contractor and mechanic liens are valid for two years after the recording date. The contractor must perfect his lien or be paid, or the lien is out by time.