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A lien is a legal claim on a property that someone has to secure a debt they are owed. It means that the property cannot be sold or transferred until the debt is paid.
For example, let's say you purchase a home with a mortgage from a bank. The bank will place a lien on the property, which means they have the right to take possession of the property if you don't make your mortgage payments.
A lien can also be placed on a property for unpaid property taxes, contractor or repair bills, or other debts. If a lien is placed on a property, the owner can't sell the property until the debt is paid.
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Here are a few other things you should know about liens:
Liens can affect the transfer of property: If there is a lien on a property, it can make it more difficult to sell or transfer ownership of the property. In most cases, the lien will need to be satisfied or paid off before the property can be sold or transferred.
Liens can be voluntary or involuntary: A voluntary lien is a lien that a property owner agrees to, such as a mortgage. An involuntary lien is a lien that is placed on the property without the owner's consent, such as a tax lien or a judgment lien.
Liens can have different priorities: If there are multiple liens on a property, they can have different priorities. In general, the lien that was filed first has priority over later liens. This means that if the property is sold, the first lien holder will be paid before the second lien holder, and so on.
"Wit & Whimsy with the Dumb Ox: Unlocking Knowledge with Rhyme:"
A lien is a legal claim, oh my!
On a property, like a house that's quite high.
It's like a lock, to keep things secure,
Until the debt is paid, that's the cure.
If you buy a house with a mortgage in tow,
The bank will place a lien, and that's the show.
It means they have a right to the house,
If you don't make your payments, it's like a mouse.
A lien can also be placed for unpaid tax,
Or for contractor work, it's like a fax.
It means the owner can't sell the property,
Until the debt is paid, that's the reality.