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Recording CALIFORNIA Mechanics Liens and Releases to increase by $75 in 2018

Legislators for the state of CALIFORNIA have enacted Senate Bill (SB) 2, Chapter 2.5 of the Statues of 2017 that will in effect increase by $75 the cost to record CALIFORNIA Mechanics Liens and Releases in all fifty-eight (58) counties in CALIFORNIA effective January 1, 2018. This is addition to the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fees that range from $3.00 – $10.00 in certain counties PLUS each counties respective recording fees that range from $9.00 – $28.00.

According to Jaime T. Pailma, Division Manager, Document Recording Division for Los Angeles County’s Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s Office, “….the bill imposes a mandate on County Recorders to charge an additional $75 at the time of recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each transaction per parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.”

The Nevada County Clerk Recorder-Registrar of Voters, Gregory J. Diaz, notes that a waiver of the $75 fee “….shall not be imposed on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer subject to the imposition of a documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier.”

For a listing of CALIFORNIA County Recorders with addresses and phone numbers to contact about the new law and price increase, you can visit our listing by counties at TraditionSoftware.com/county-assessors-clerks-recorders/california/.

New CALIFORNIA Notary Acknowledgement and Jurat Forms On January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 1050, all CALIFORNIA county Recorder’s Offices will require the Notary Consumer Disclosure. This bill requires a legible notice at the top in an enclosed box, stating that the Acknowledgment, or or Jurat verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which the acknowledgment, or jurat is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of the document.

new2015CAAcknowledgement

Documents such as a Mechanics Lien or Release of Mechanics Lien where the person appeared before a notary or other officer on or after January 1, 2015 must have this disclosure or will be rejected. Documents acknowledged before January 1, 2015 will be accepted for recording and must meet current applicable statue.

PreLien2Lien will have this new notary text change incorporated into the 18.12.01 version, slated to be released after Thanksgiving.

San Bernardino County in CALIFORNIA raises rates for recording

First page fees for recording Mechanic’s Liens and releasing those liens later in San Bernardino County in CALIFORNIA were increased on September 1, 2014.

Cost now for the first page is $25, an increase from the earlier cost of $18.

Each additional page cost remained at $3 per page. Additionally, the conformed copy cost will remain at $6, with a self-addressed stamped envelope to be included.

Recording a Mechanics Lien in San Bernardino County, CA

Recording a Mechanics Lien in San Bernardino County, CA is a relatively straight forward process. The charge is $18.00 for the first page and $3.00 for each additional page of a lien. It takes 3 weeks for the Mechanics Lien to be recorded, but indexing information can be viewed on their website 2 days after the lien has been recorded. Be sure to include and extra copy, a self addressed stamped envelope, and an additional $6.00 for a conformed copy. (The fee was updated in July.) Checks are made payable to COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO RECORDER.

San Bernardino County Recorder’s Website Corrected

San Bernardino County Recorder’s Website Corrected

Recently, Michael Walker in our office was researching information on the San Bernardino County Recorder’s website & found something that seemed to be an error.

The fee for Conformed Copies of recorded documents had gone up from $1.00 flat fee to $6.00 per page. This new rate schedule would mean that for a three-page Claim of Mechanics Lien, the fee for a Conformed Copy had risen from $1.00 to $18.00.

Michael sent an email to the Recorder’s Office, noting his observation and received a reply the next day from Kristopher Kunze. He confirmed the pricing was an error and thanked Michael for bringing it to their attention.

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