Private Companies Charge for "Free" Property Documents

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Private companies are attempting to sell some Sonoma County residents copies of property documents that are already available free or at low cost, the county Recorder's Office said Wednesday.

The companies are charging fees up to $80 for a certified copy of some property related documents, including Grant Deeds for $83-$89, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Bill Rousseau said.

"Typically the original Grant Deed is mailed to the new homeowner by the Sonoma County Recorder's Office after the purchase is finalized and the deed has been recorded," Rousseau said.

The public may request a certified copy of any recorded document for a nominal fee at the Recorder's Office or by mailing a request with the proper fees included, Rousseau said.

The Recorder's Office is at 585 Fiscal Drive in Santa Rosa.


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