DATE: April 8, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Stotz
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - County homeowners are receiving letters from companies offering to sell them a certified copy of their deed, at prices often ranging between $50 and $100. In many cases, these letters are on letterhead that resembles that of an official government agency. The mailings are sent periodically from various service providers, and tend to focus on newly transferred property or targeted areas of the County.
Tom Kennedy, Director of the County's Records, Taxes and Treasury Division says, "These offers are not coming from Broward County or any other government agency. Per Florida law, your deed is a public record and is permanently maintained and preserved by our Division's Recording Section. These records are available online 24/7 and in most cases, when viewing your deed online, we provide links to related Property Appraiser and Tax Collector data relevant to that property."
Homeowners can view and print at no cost a non-certified copy of their deed from the Division's website. To obtain a certified copy of a deed, a homeowner may request a copy by mail or visit the Division's Recording Section offices at the Main Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 114, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301, for a statutorily mandated fee of $1 per page, and $2 for the certification.
Kennedy adds, "While these companies seem to be within their rights to offer these services at a premium price, homeowners should be aware that a certified copy of your deed is available directly from the County at a substantially lower cost."
For more information, please call 954-831-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Broward County's Records, Taxes and Treasury Division
Records, Taxes and Treasury (RTT) serves as the County's tax collector, provides treasury services, and is the statutory repository for the Official Records of the County. The Division, part of the Finance and Administrative Services Department, collects residential and commercial property taxes, local business taxes, tourist development taxes, and other taxes on behalf of various authorities. The Division also records documents into the County's official Land Records, ensures compliance with Florida law relating to the preparation, accessibility, retention, and disposal of public records, provides Clerk to the Board functions including official County Commission minutes, agendas, and depository for county ordinances, resolutions, and the administrative code. RTT serves as an agent for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to register and title vehicles, mobile homes, and vessels, and issue disabled parking permits, provides passport application services, and serves as an agent for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to issue hunting and fishing licenses.