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Involuntary Liens Report


Involuntary Liens Report, not to be confused with Voluntary Liens, consists of chosen liens placed on property to which the current or previous property owner normally did not consent or agree, or as a result of an involuntary act by the owner of a property. Due to some detrimental action or inaction by the property owner, a third party places or files a lien on the property to secure money owed to the third party by the property owner. The filing requirements and statutes of limitations for most liens vary according to the law of each State. Title Search is the universal method of examining official County records to determine whether an owner's rights in real property are in good standing.

Involuntary Liens are considered:

  • Mechanic's Liens (imposed to secure payments of performed work for construction-type services for the improvement of real estate)
  • HOA Liens (imposed to secure payments of HOA member assessments)
  • Bankruptcy Liens (imposed to secure payments of creditors in the bankruptcy proceeding)
  • Judgment Liens (imposed to secure payments of judgment)
  • Federal Tax or IRS Liens (imposed to secure payments of federal tax)
  • State Tax Liens (imposed to secure payments of state tax)
  • City/County Tax Lien (imposed to secure payments of local tax or other special assessments by a municipality)
  • Support Judgment (imposed to secure payments for an unpaid child or spousal support)
  • Divorce (imposed to secure payments as an award to one spouse for the ownership of the marital home)

An Involuntary Lien (IL) can be considered an opposite of a Voluntary Lien (VL), where it is offered as collateral, such as a Mortgage Lien. A lien is an encumbrance on the property – in any event, it is a hold or a claim on the property of another to satisfy an unpaid debt, with or without the owner's consent. All liens are attached to the property, not the property owner, so when there is a transfer of a property, it is highly advisable to have the appropriate liens removed before transferring title.

You can perform an instant lien search by using an owner's first and last name on a specified subject property address. You can locate not only the outstanding liens, but in many cases also determine lien position, along with relating documents or data. Due to their dual nature, nearly all foreclosure records are included on both IL and VL reports.

With some common surnames, the system may locate multiple lien records within the County corresponding to the name of the subject property's owner, yet possibly unrelated to the particular property under study.

The logic behind the Involuntary Liens Report: to provide an instant online access on the history of lien transactions such as State and Federal tax liens, personal judgments, foreclosures, divorce, and child support liens, as well as ownership records of a real property in the United States. This product is included in all of our Subscription Plans. When available, you can get this report only from already obtained Basic, Detailed, Title History, Legal & Vesting, Voluntary Liens Reports and Parcel Maps – regardless of the plan selection, IL Reports cannot be requested independently and there is no option to search by a filed lien type. Our Plan Selection page conveniently lists and describes all subscription choices; you can make your selection and continue with enrollment from that page.

Types of Properties covered: residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, land, and all other types of Real Estate Properties.

Contents of Involuntary Liens Report: various liens-related records, including current and historical information on:

  • – Personal Liens, such as State and Federal tax liens (including IRS liens), personal judgments, divorce, child support, bankruptcy.
  • – Property Liens, such as Mechanic's or Construction liens, HOA (Homeowners Association) liens, City and County liens, foreclosures.
  • – Lien releases and satisfactions.

All related types of Document Images, except for bankruptcy records, may be available for purchase from Involuntary Liens Reports.

Involuntary Liens, like other real estate filings are public record. Unlike traditional property records, online search and retrieval of IL Reports is limited not only geographically, but also to some extent by the specific filing type as well. This means that in a selected jurisdictions, even with the availability of certain lien records, some other types may not be available. This database completeness varies by State and by County, so before attempting to request a report you must always check the expressly dedicated column under the State/County Coverage to make sure that what you are looking for is available in your desired area.

Fairly often, under various circumstances the generated IL report may only include the property identification data, the owner's name, and the set dates for the subject area. This type of a restricted return shall be indicative of a successfully processed report containing no specified liens within the covered time period. Since such information is factual, your account will be charged accordingly. Please also note: not all offered fields may be populated in all counties, and not all property reports contain the complete or the most recent property information. All property reports are compiled from official public sources and provided "as is" – none of this data has been verified and any possible partial or inaccurate portions of the report are not a subject for a refund.
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