- November 11, 2019
- All Massachusetts Issuing Offices
- UNDERWRITING - Registry of Deeds to Increase Recording Fees - Effective 12/31/2019
Effective December 31, 2019, Registry of Deeds and Registry Districts will increase their recording fees as a result of an increase in the Community Preservation Act surcharge which is presently collected pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44B section 8 and is included as part of the recording fee collected by the Registrar of Deeds and Registry Districts.
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) helps communities to preserve their open spaces and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. Towns and cities that adopt the CPA fund the program through a surcharge on local property tax bills, which the Commonwealth matches from the recording surcharge. As more communities have adopted the CPA, more funds were needed, and on July 31, 2019, the Governor signed the Commonwealth’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2020, increasing the surcharge collected by the Registry of Deeds and Registry Districts.
The surcharge will increase from $20 to $50, with the exception of municipal lien certificates which will increase from $10 to $25. There is no surcharge for Declarations of Homestead. As a result, the recording fees for most documents will increase by $30, with the fee to record a municipal lien certificate increasing by $15.
For a quick reference guide on recording charges, please see: https://www.stewart.com/content/dam/stewart/Microsites/massachusetts/pdfs/Registry-Fees.pdf
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