A Claim of Lien automatically expires one year after it was recorded unless you have filed a lawsuit to foreclose on the Claim of Lien in a court of competent jurisdiction.
The only exception is when an Owner files a Notice of Contest of Lien. A Notice to owner of Contest of Lien shortens the life of your lien to sixty (60) days. That means that you would need to file a lawsuit to foreclose on your Claim of Lien within sixty days. Not doing so will prevent you from ever recovering on your Claim of Lien.
This is a common misconception. Unfortunately, Florida law does not currently allow for a Claim of Lien to be renewed. Simply put, if you do not file a lawsuit to foreclose on the Claim of Lien before it expires, you lose your chance to recover on the Claim of Lien.
A Contractor’s Final Affidavit is only required if your contract is with the owner of the property. If so, the affidavit must be served at least 5 days prior to filing suit to foreclose on the lien.