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June 7, 2017 - Recorder Lynch Secures $108,183.00 Return of Funds for Lake County

For Immediate Release: Lake County Ohio; Painesville

Lake County Lost and FOUND! $108,183.00

'Where I come from, you get what you pay for and if not, you get a re-fund', Becky Lynch responded to the vendor who fell short of delivering on a major media conversion project in the Lake County Recorder Office.

In 2015 the project was contracted to scan in and upload five years of regular document images from 1986 to 1991 into thousands of online digital format. It took longer than anticipated and subcontractor timing and scanning errors piled up, causing mistakes in thousands of document images. After five months of trying to resolve a virtual of document errors and irregularities, discovered intermittently throughout the project, the newly elected Recorder, Becky Lynch, decided that accuracy and completeness of the Public Record was too important to leave to chance. She says, the right thing to do if a contract is unfulfilled, is to get your money back. The invoices had all been paid in 2016 and the money was spent, but that did not deter the free-market thinking, business-minded Recorder. Lake County Recorder Becky Lynch deposited back to Lake County, $108,183.00 on June 1, 2017. These tax dollars, almost lost but now FOUND, were thankfully rescued, and will be put to better use for the people of Lake County.

Contact: Becky Lynch, Lake County Recorder

Office: 440-350-2510 Direct: 440-350-2508

Email: becky.lynch@lakecountyohio.gov


February 27, 2018 - Recorder Lynch Warns of Deed Scams

For Immediate Release: Lake County Ohio; Painesville

Lake County Recorder Becky Lynch Announces Unanimous Passage of Legislation to Protect Ohio Homeowners

Lake County Recorder Becky Lynch announced today that legislation to help protect Ohio’s homeowners, seniors and other unsuspecting populations against deceptive marketing practices, has unanimously passed both the House and Senate Chambers. Amended House Bill 52 comes in response to deed solicitation scams which have plagued many Ohioans, including first time homeowners and our senior citizens, whereby companies will send official looking notifications that a homeowner may need a copy of their deed, and then in order to obtain their deed copy, they will charge typically in the range of $80.00 to $90.00. Homeowners can typically obtain a copy of their deed from the county recorder’s office for a minimal fee.

Amended House Bill 52, makes several reforms to regulate this solicitation of real property deeds.

Among the provisions under Amended House Bill 52 it is required that specific disclosures be make to consumers when they are solicited a fee for real property deeds. These include; showing the cost to obtain the deed from the county recorder, listing the contact information for the county recorder, informing the name and address of the person soliciting the fee.

The bill also prohibits charging more than four times the cost to obtain a copy of a deed from the county recorder. A violation of these requirements falls under the Ohio Consumer Practices Act and may result in a fine. The bill was sent to the Governor for his signature and was signed into law 2/8/2018, effective 90 days from the signed date.

For more information, contact the Lake County Recorder’s office at 440-350-2510