A deed processing notice, charging $83 for a copy, has been circulating in Putnam County and officials say residents may want to think twice before taking the company up on its offer.
In fact, residents can get the same document for a much cheaper rate at the county clerk's office.
Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said several residents have called his office to complain about the notices and two have brought in copies of the form.
The front of the notice, from Wilmington-based Record Transfer Services, states the company is not affiliated with West Virginia or the county recorder.
"You can obtain a copy of your grant deed or other record of title from the county recorder in the county where your property is located in, for up to $83," the notice states.
A similar disclaimer is on the second page, saying the company is an analysis and retrieval firm using "multiple resources that provide supporting values, deeds and evidence that is used to execute a property reports and deliver requested deed."
The disclaimer continues, stating the records are available at the county clerk's office, which it says can charge between $2-$4 a page. Wood said state code requires the office to charge $1.50 for the first few pages and $1 for any following pages.
"Most deeds aren't more than two pages, so it's about $1.50 for that," Wood said.