AN ACT TO MAKE CORRECTIONS AND OTHER AMENDMENTS TO VARIOUS STATUTES IMPACTING REAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP AND TO MAKE OTHER CONFORMING CHANGES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE REAL PROPERTY SECTION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, TO REGULATE THE SOLICITATION OF A FEE IN EXCHANGE FOR COPIES OF RECORDED DOCUMENTS, AND TO CLARIFY ELIGIBILITY FOR NEEDS-BASED PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL FUND GRANTS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Amends GS 47-17.1, removing allowance for verbal representation of the individual presenting the deed. Adds new section GS 75-43 governing solicitation of a fee for copy of recorded documents. Requires any entity charging a fee for copies of a document available at the register of deeds to print a disclaimer at the top of the solicitation detailing that it is not from a government agency, that no action is legally required, and other pertinent information. Forbids putting such a document in a format that makes it appear to be issued by a government or have a deadline or appear to impose a legal duty. Sets a violation of this section as an unfair trade practice under GS 75-1.1. Sections 1.2 (amending GS 161-10) and 1.3 (amending GS 161-14.1) are effective October 1, 2018, and apply to instruments after this date. Section 3.1 (enacting new GS 75-43) is effective October 1, 2018. Conforms title to amendments.
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