*** LCHIP Recording Surcharge Information, Effective July 1, 2008 ***
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.
Welcome to the Sullivan County Register of Deeds web site. The Register of Deeds office provides numerous services to the professional community and the general public.
The records of this office date back to 1827.
Some of the services include, but are not limited to:
* Recording documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
* Recording land surveys.
* Filing financing statements and other UCC forms relating to real estate.
* Copying and certifying as to these recorded real estate documents.
* Serving as custodian for other miscellaneous legal records such as Power of
Attorneys, tax liens from towns/cities, boundary line agreements, IRS notices, etc.
The Register of Deeds is a constitutional officer and is elected to a two-year term by the citizens of the County in which the Register serves. The Register of Deeds serves as custodian and
manager of a large number of public records on a day to day basis.
The recording process is mandated and governed by the laws of the State of New Hampshire. The Register of Deeds is charged with the integrity, completeness, and safekeeping of these public
records. It is the mission of the Sullivan County Register of Deeds to preserve the integrity of the records and to make them available and easily accessible to the public, now and for all future generations.
If you have a group or organization that would like to tour the Registry and learn more about the recording process, arrangements can be made by contacting Chaunee L. Baker, Register, for a day
and time that would be convenient for your group or organization. (Telephone number: 603-863-2110; Fax number: 603-863-0013.)