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Belknap County Registry of Deeds

64 Court Street
Laconia, New Hampshire 03246-1343

Tel. (603)527-5420 & 527-5421
Fax 527-5429 Vault 527-5425
Office Hours - Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

 
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Welcome to Belknap County

!!!Property Fraud Alert!!!

*** There is no longer closings held at the registry office, sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause ***


CONSUMER ALERT

            Attorney General Michael A. Delaney issued the following consumer alert to all New
Hampshire property owners:

Consumers should be aware of mailings being sent to property owners throughout the state
from companies using the names:

 SECURED DOCUMENT SERVICES, and

 DEED RETRIEVAL SERVICES

The mailings appear to be official government notices recommending, "that all United States [or New Hampshire] homeowners obtain a copy of their current grant deed" and further indicate that, for a fee of $86.00 or $87.00, these companies will provide the property owner with a copy of their Grant Deed and a Property Profile.

The Attorney General advises that these companies are providing a service of questionable value and the information advertised in these solicitations can be obtained from any of the State’s Registers of Deeds for significantly less money. With deeds so easily and inexpensively attainable, the existence of these companies depends greatly on the public’s unfamiliarity with the county registers of deeds offices.

Attorney General Delaney stated, “The real lesson for an educated consumer is to know what you are paying for, which in the case of these deed retrieval companies is virtually nothing more than a homeowner can acquire for far less cost.  Don’t be fooled by a company whose name sounds ‘official’ or by an ‘official’ looking notice designed to confuse and mislead you. If you would like a copy of your deed, you can obtain it yourself for nominal cost and time, or contact your county's Register of Deeds, who would be glad to assist you.“

Under New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection Act, N.H. RSA 358-A, it is unlawful for any person to use any unfair or deceptive act or practice in the conduct of any trade or commerce within this state. Anyone who feels they have been the victim of any unfair or deceptive act should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau hotline at
(603) 271-3641 or 1-888-468-4454.  For more information on consumer fraud you can also visit the Bureau’s
website at www.doj.nh.gov/consumer.


The Registry of Deeds is the office that tracks the ownership of every parcel of land and building(s) in Belknap County. Each piece of property is represented in a recorded document at the Registry; types of documents would include deeds, mortgages, assignments, discharges of mortgage, liens, covenants, plans and many more.

The Registry provides information to the 10 towns and 1 city in Belknap County, regarding the sale of properties for tax purposes. The recording of important documents is one of the oldest functions performed by the government. Anyone with an interest in genealogy will find the volumes at the Registry of Deeds of interest.

The Register of Deeds is a constitutional officer, elected to a two-year term by the citizens of the County. The Registry is the custodian and manager of a large number of documents in this County dating back to 1765. The process of recording documents is mandated and governed by the State of New Hampshire. All documents and plans are also stored at two off-site secure locations, with two different types of media, to insure we are able to recreate the Registry of Deeds in the event of a disaster.



 

Barbara R. Luther,
Register
bluther@nhdeeds.com

 

Judy McGrath,
Deputy Register

Copy Requests
belkcopies@nhdeeds.com

 

Belknap Registry
Tel. (603)527-5420

 

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Tel. (603)772-2305
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