Columbiana County recorder warns of deed notice solicitations

Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel is warning residents about a deed selling scam.

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – The Columbiana County Recorder is offering information to residents about deed notices, and companies that will attempt to sell the documents to homeowners.

Copies of the notices can be obtained at the county courthouse for $2 or viewed online for free.

Columbiana County Recorder Theresa Bosel said some companies will buy recorded deed notices and then contact homeowners by mail or phone attempting to provide the deed notices for a fee. Recently, one such company has been sending notices to homeowners attempting to sell the documents for $83.

“They are hitting everybody. Anybody who has filed any documents in our office in the last two years is going to get one,” Bosel said.

WKBN 27 First News called the California-based company that is sending out the deed notices and they said the $83 fee is the property assessment profile, but Bosel said all that information can be found online for free.

Bosel said her office is working to stop the practice of outside companies selling the information.

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, county recorders are responsible for maintaining land records and making them accessible to the public. The Ohio Revised Code establishes fees recorders may charge for various services. For photocopies of deeds, they may charge up to $2 per page. Most deeds are only a few pages long.

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