According to the advisory, residents recently began receiving letters from New York Record Retrieval offering to obtain a certified copy of a homeowner’s deed for $69.50, almost fourteen times the cost of a typical certified copy.
“Ignore these mailers,” says Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, who oversees the county office in which deeds and other land records, such as mortgages, are recorded and available for public inspection. “You’ll see from the bold print that you can receive the same service directly from our office at a fraction of the cost.”
The bold print, which states, in part, that “certified copies of property deeds are available at the county clerk’s office (which) may charge a small fee” must now be included in these solicitation letters as the result of state legislation sought by county clerks throughout the state in response to previous mass mailings. Read full mailing here: LandDeedScamLetter2013
“Unless you have a specific reason for securing a certified copy of your deed, you do not need this service at all,” Idoni said.
When needed, a certified copy of your deed can be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office for as little as $5 for up to five pages, plus $1 for each additional page. A photocopy is less expensive.
You can visit the Land Records Division located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in White Plains between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your deed by mail, please call (914)995-3094 and have the exact name of the property owner and the property address available so that our staff can serve you more quickly. Requests are also accepted via email to CC-Land@westchestergov.com.