Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:55

Property Owners Should Beware of Deed Offers

BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga County Clerk Craig A. Hayner is advising residents not to respond to offers from private companies for the provision of certified copies of property deeds for an exorbitant fee.

Hayner states that a person may obtain a certified copy of their deed directly from the County Clerk’s Office for $5. Many residents are receiving letters from a private company that is offering to provide a copy for $87.

“I would like our residents to know that they can secure these documents for a fraction of the cost that this company is charging,” Hayner said in a statement.

The county clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Property deeds also can be obtained by sending a request in the mail. A person would need to send in a check (starter checks not accepted) or money order for $5, along with the actual property address and

the approximate date of purchase. A self-addressed stamped envelope will expedite the process. Requests should be mailed to Saratoga County Clerk, 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020.

Hayner said he wants to assure Saratoga County residents that neither the county clerk’s office, nor any other state government agency, is involved in the recent over-priced offers being received by residents.

Also, the county clerk’s office does not request a resident’s credit card number. The office will provide residents copies of legal documents at a reasonable cost and at the same time maintain and protect such records safely and securely.

If anyone has a concern about an offer that they have received in the mail, they can contact the county clerk’s office at or call County Clerk Hayner at 518 885-2213, ext. 4420. 

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