- June 01, 2020
- All New York State Agents
- Temporary Suspension of Insuring Transactions Involving Deeds in Mount Vernon
It has come to our attention that the City of Mount Vernon’s Finance office is closed and is currently not processing the Mount Vernon Real Property Transfer Tax Returns (the “Mt. Vernon RPT”). Inasmuch as the Westchester County Clerk’s Office will not record a deed pertaining to a property in the City of Mount Vernon without the Mt. Vernon RPT stamped as having been paid, this effectively means that we are currently unable to record deeds pertaining to properties located in the City of Mt. Vernon. Further, we have learned that some of our policy-issuing agents may be in possession deeds from transactions which closed since the closure of the Mt. Vernon Finance Office which they are currently unable to record.
Covered Risk 1 in both the 2006 ALTA form of Owner’s Policy and Loan Policy insure against “Title being vested other than as stated in Schedule A, and Covered Risk 2(a)(vii) of the 2006 ALTA form of Owner’s Policy insures against defects in Title (as that term is defined therein) caused by “a document not properly filed, recorded or indexed in the Public Records…” Accordingly, the inability to record a deed presents a significant claims risk to Stewart Title Insurance Company.
Based upon the foregoing and until further notice, in order to insure transactions involving deeds in the City of Mt. Vernon, the policy-issuing agent must confirm that the parties have paid the Mt. Vernon RPT prior to closing. Unless the parties present a copy of the Mt. Vernon RPT stamped “Paid” by the City of Mt. Vernon Finance Office, Stewart Title Insurance Company’s policy issuing agents are no longer authorized to insure transactions which require that a deed be recorded for properties located within the City of Mt. Vernon.
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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.