How to Release a Property Lien

By Salvatore Jackson - Updated June 19, 2017
Man filling out a lien release form

A lien is a security interest granted over property to secure the repayment of a debt. Releasing a property lien requires filing a document, typically called a lien release or lien discharge, with the office where the lien is recorded. To provide other interested parties, such as potential lenders, with information about a property owner's debts, liens are typically a matter of public record. When the underlying debt for a lien is paid off, the lien must be released.

Obtain a lien release form from the county recorder where the property is located. The type of lien release or discharge form you will need depends on the type of lien you have on the debtor’s property. The county recorder for the county where the debtor maintains property will be able to provide you with the correct form for releasing a lien.

Fill out the lien release form. You will need to provide a description of the property covered by the lien, along with a street address. You will also need to provide the date when the lien was initially recorded. If the lien is a judgment lien, you will need to provide the case number, court issuing the judgment and the names of the parties. You will need to sign and notarize the lien release form.

File the lien release form with the county recorder. The cost of recording a lien release varies by county, but may range from $5 to $30. After the lien release is recorded, the judgment debtor should obtain and file a copy of the lien release with the three credit reporting agencies.

About the Author

Salvatore Jackson began writing professionally in 2010. He has experience with international travel, computers, sports and law. Jackson is a licensed attorney with experience in legal research. He received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University in 2010.

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