New state law tackles confusing property deed sales mailing

By KBJR News 1

New state law tackles confusing property deed sales mailing

August 21, 2014 Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A new state law makes it easier for Wisconsin consumers to identify the mailings as sales solicitations and not official documents.

Wisconsin residents should keep an eye out for official-looking mailings that offer to sell a copy of their property deed for $89.

However, what those mailers don't tell you is that homeowners can purchase a copy of their deed from a county register of deeds for a couple of dollars.

"Consumers have been concerned and confused about these mailings for years," Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Sandy Chalmers, said.

"Because the mailers look like they may be from the government, people often send money without first checking out the facts," Chalmers added.

Flyers offering to sell copies of government documents must now follow these rules:

-The mailer must state in 24-point type that it is not from a government office and that no action is required.

-The mailer must provide contact information for the official government source where the record can be obtained and the actual cost of obtaining the record from that source.

"If you receive a property deed mailer that is missing these new disclosures, file a complaint with Consumer Protection," Chalmers said. "Don't pay an unnecessary and outrageous fee for something you can get from your local Register of Deeds for a few dollars."

Newsroom Staff