Once again, a company has cropped up trying to take advantage of Texas County citizens. County Recorder of Deeds Susan Warkentin urges county residents to be wary of mail offers to provide copies of legal documents.
The Recorders’ Association of Missouri recently notified recorders around the state about a private company’s offer to provide copies of landowner’s property deeds for an excessive fee. Record Retrieval, a company based in Fulton, mailed the offer to Missouri residents. The Recorders’ Association of Missouri previously contacted the Missouri attorney general’s office regarding this type of offer.
Some property owners received a letter offering an official certified copy of their deed for $87 or more. These companies simply contact recorder’s offices to obtain the document and then turn around and mail it to the homeowner while charging them the high fees. Such offers cost significantly more than obtaining certified property deeds directly from the Texas County Recorder’s Office.
Warkentin said most property owners obtained their original property deed when their property was purchased. She added if a property owner does need copies, fees are $1 per page, plus $1 for the certification. Since most property deeds are no more than one or two pages long, the cost to property owners is usually less than $5.
“I am concerned about companies trying to take advantage of our citizens by not being truthful,” Warkentin said. “If anyone receives one of these letters, I would urge them to ignore it and contact our office.”
For information or to obtain a copy of a property deed, visit the Texas County recorder’s office in the Texas County Administration Center at 201 N. Grand Ave., Suite 209, in Houston, or call the office at 417-967-8438.