Union County Clerk’s Office Warns Of Property Deed Scam

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ELIZABETH – The Union County Clerk has warned owners of commercial and residential property in the county to beware of people who offer to sell them a certified copy of the deed to their property. Some of these companies are targeting non-English-speaking homeowners.

Businesses are saturating property owners in Union County with solicitations, offering to sell the owner a copy of their deed, the clerk warned.

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Normally, a property owner or their attorney already has a copy of the deed.
The clerk’s office advises property owners to store a copy of their deed with other important documents. In the event that it is misplaced or lost, a certified copy can usually be obtained from the county clerk’s office for less than $20. The price for the deed is set by the state and is based on the number of pages in the document.

Some middle men are charging $80 or more, officials said. Homeowners who receive such solicitations inviting them to buy a deed are asked to contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6200 to file a complaint, officials said.

To find out more about obtaining a copy of your deed, call the Office of the Union County Clerk at (908) 527-4787, or visit www.ucnj.org. The Union County Clerk’s Office is located in the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth.


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