Posted by Jolene Nieves on July 07, 2016 at 4:17 PM
In recent weeks, my office has received calls and messages through social media and bobbyhenon.com from constituents regarding what they believe to be a deed scam.
An entity posing as a city department has been offering deed copying services and charging hundreds of dollars in fees. To help clarify any confusion about the deeds process, I wanted to share the following information:
The City of Philadelphia Department of Records records deeds and keeps them on file once recorded. When someone records a deed, the original is provided to them by mail or pickup. There is no fee beyond the recording fee and transfer taxes paid at the time of recording. If someone wants a photocopy of any recorded document, that person can come to the Records Department and obtain a copy for a per page fee. This fee is nominal, not hundreds of dollars.
If this has happened to you, please contact my office.