Recorder Brandon McClain Speaks Out About House Bill 52

After recognizing an increase in deed solicitation scams, Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain welcomes House Bill 52 as an opportunity to continue to protect seniors, first-time homeowners, and other vulnerable populations against deceiving marketing practices. House Bill 52 requires specific disclosures to be made to consumers when they are solicited a fee for a real estate property deed.

“While copies of deeds only cost $2 per page plus $1 for certification if acquired by the Recorder’s Office or free if printed from the Recorder’s Website, there are many soliciting companies selling deeds to property owners with price ranges between $80 - $90,” said
Recorder McClain.

Typically, scams come off as looking official in the form of a letter and sent from out-of-state companies to property owners advising them to pay overpriced fees. With the passing of House Bill 52, soliciting companies must now state not only the cost of obtaining a deed from the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office and its contact information, but must also include the soliciting company’s contact information.

“Every citizen should have the pleasure of enjoying a great accomplishment such as purchasing a home. They should not have to worry about paying an unreasonable amount of money for a property deed because of a scammer,” Recorder McClain emphasized.

Receiving a copy of your deed is as simple as printing it from the website for free or by contacting the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office Copy Center at (937) 225-6381 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office at (937) 225-4275.