A concerned resident alerted the Clerk & Comptroller’s office that a private company is trying to overcharge residents for copies of their recorded deeds.
Bradenton, Fla. – The Office of Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, is warning homeowners of letters sent by private companies offering to provide a copy of their recorded deed for $89.
The official-looking letter is sent to new homeowners, informing them that a deed has been recorded in Official Records. The document identifies the mail recipient as the new property owner. The message continues with instructions on obtaining a copy of the recorded deed by filling out the bottom portion of the document and returning it along with a check or money order for $89 to Property Records Office, LLC.
While the service this company provides is not illegal, it is unnecessary.
Homeowners who wish to receive a copy of their recorded deed can contact the Clerk & Comptroller’s office at (941) 741-4045 to request a copy. A hard copy of a document costs $1.00 per page and $2.00 for certification if ordered. Additionally, residents can visit the Clerk & Comptroller’s website to download a copy of their recorded deed for free through the Clerk’s Public Records Hub.
While on the Public Records Hub, homeowners are encouraged to set up property fraud alerts.
The Clerk & Comptroller’s office provides Property Fraud Alerts free of charge. This service notifies customers whenever an instrument of record, such as a declaration, lease, mortgage, or lien, is recorded in the Official Record.
Subscribers create as many alerts as needed using different variations of their name, spouse’s name, or business name. An email alert is sent when a record containing one or more of these names is recorded with the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.
For more information about property fraud alerts, visit https://www.manateeclerk.com/online-services/property-fraud-alerts/.
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