0City and county government offices provides a multitude of services to local residents. For example, the Recorder of Deeds department, which may be part of the City Clerk’s office in some towns, serves one obvious purpose – recording deeds. However, there’s more to the Recorder of Deed’s Office than deeds.
Records That Can Be Recorded or Filed
The Recorder’s Office typically accepts only original documents. Rather than keeping the document on file, the clerk records the information in the property records and returns the original to you.
Several types of deeds may be recorded at the Recorder of Deeds office:
Warranty, quit claim, executor, administrator, trustee, conservator, receiver, commissioner, foreclosure, bargain and sale, corrective, and more.
In addition, the following documents may be recorded at the Recorder of Deeds Office:
- Certificate of Redemption
- Mortgage, Corrective Mortgage, Discharge of Mortgage, Partial Release of Mortgage, and the Assignment, Subordination or Modification of Mortgage
- Power of Attorney
- Bill of Sale
- Easement, Acknowledge of Discharge of Lien
- Maps, Plats, and Surveys
- Trade Name Registration
- Writs of Execution and Levies, as well as the Discharge of Writ/Execution
- Lis Pendens and Discharge of Lis Pendens
- Federal Tax Lien and Discharge of Federal Tax Lien
- Notice of Intent
- Mechanics’ Lien
- Employment Security Notice
- State Tax Lien
- Zoning Certificate
- Non-Resident Landlord
In all likelihood, you may never have any reason to file or record some of these documents. However, your attorney can let you know when documents need to be recorded or even record them for you.
Other Services Provided by the Recorder of Deeds Office
In addition to recording documents, the general public can access property records at the Recorder of Deeds office. Copies can be made for a fee. Some people may research the history of real estate while others look for trade name registrations or tax lien information.
Rules, fees, and hours may vary, so check with the recorder’s office before actually going to the office.
Non-resident landlords register with the Rhode Island Secretary of State, but also must file information with the Recorder of Deeds or City Clerk.
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