VALPARAISO | Porter County Recorder Jon Miller is alerting residents to be aware of a solicitation letter that is being mailed to local residents promising to deliver copies of government documents for a hefty fee.
“(The company) sends government-like mailers to Indiana consumers offering copies of deeds and 'property profiles' for a fee of $89. These mailers include a homeowner’s property address, owner’s name, comparable values and a parcel identification number — all of which is publicly available information. They also state that you should respond to this letter by a certain date” Miller stated.
Property deeds, which are usually one to two pages, are public records and county recorders can provide copies for a nominal cost.
“The services that these companies offer are very inflated, since the same copy may be obtained for $1 at your county recorder’s office” said Miller in a written statement.
Homeowners are not required to have copies even when they sell property, said Miller.
“Many citizens that receive this letter believe it to be a notice from a governmental agency requiring them to pay fees for required documents," he said in a press release. "It is extremely important for consumers, particularly new homebuyers, to contact their county recorder’s office at (219) 465-3465 if they have any questions about copies of documents or fees related to homeownership.”
Anyone with doubts about a mailing offering a government-provided service should contact that government office directly, said Miller.