INVERNESS, FL: Clerk of Courts Angela Vick is advising that local citizens have recently brought to our attention a solicitation received through the mail that, while not illegal, is definitely misleading. Residents are advised to be wary of official looking notices they receive in the mail informing them that they need to purchase a copy of the “Grant Deed” for their property from the “County Records Office”. Some of the solicitations imply that the property transfer may be in question and that the company will provide a copy of the deed and a property profile for an $89.00 service fee. Additionally, the letter appears to be a bill with a “Compliance Response Date”, even though they state “this is not a bill” in smaller print.
Residents should be aware that is an effort by this company to obtain money for services that are readily available through the Clerk’s office for significantly less. Also, once a property owner records a deed in the Clerk’s office, it is a permanent record of ownership. This recording protects the owner’s property rights. It makes no difference whether the property owner has a physical copy or original deed in their possession. The rights of ownership of that parcel are safe and secure.
The Clerk’s office provides images of property records back to 1980 free of charge on our website. Copies of property records prior to this time may be obtained via public records request, or by coming in to our Clerk Annex location and viewing them on microfilm. In addition to obtaining deed information online, copies of property records may be purchased directly from the Clerk for $1 per page, with certified copies of property records also being available 24/7 through our e-Certify program.
Searching Property Records Online: To search property records back to 1980 online free of charge, simply visit the Clerk’s website at www.citrusclerk.org and select “Search Official Records” in the search box on our homepage. Citizens may search for many types of property records, such as mortgages, deeds, satisfactions, and certain court papers relating to real property. Please be advised that certain images and pieces of data may be unavailable to the general public due to protections under Florida law.
Customers with questions or concerns regarding mail scams for property records are urged to contact the Clerk’s office directly for more information at 352-341-6424, option 2; or by email at email@example.com.