Most Florida counties have a clerk and recorder’s office – the county clerk of courts. That is where Florida quit claim deeds are typically filed.
The procedures for recording a Florida quit claim deed differ from one Florida county to the next. The clerk of courts can tell you how to record a Florida quit claim deed form, the proper recording fee, and whether a documentary transfer tax is due.
However, the Florida county clerk of courts cannot tell you how to draft the quit claim deed. So, please be polite and don’t ask that question.
As a side note, do your homework before calling the clerk of courts. In our experience, the clerk’s staff are MUCH more helpful if you start the conversation with, “I have reviewed your website for information on how to record a Florida quit claim deed, and I have a few questions … .”
Mail the properly executed Florida quit claim deed form to the correct Florida county along with the recording fee, the documentary transfer tax, payment of any transfer tax and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your recorded Florida quit claim deed.
Florida Quit Claim Deed Mistakes
Many people have trouble filing their Florida quit claim deed and commit the following errors:
- Sending their Florida quit claim deed form to the wrong county
- Forgetting to include a check for the recording fee of their quit claim deed
- Forgetting to include a check for the state documentary transfer tax that applies to Florida quit claim deeds
- Not making the check payable to the correct payee
- Even something as simple as forgetting to sign the check can get the filing of your Florida quit claim deed off track
Florida Quit Claim Deed Filing Confirmation
This is why it is very important to confirm your Florida quit claim deed form was properly recorded by examining the recording stamp and reception number. Just because you mail your Florida quit claim deed to the clerk does NOT mean that Florida quit claim deed was actually recorded.
Florida Quitclaim Deed Form Gotchas – Transfer Fees May Vary!
Besides a Florida transfer tax and Florida county recording fees, other entities may impose a fee on the transfer of Florida real property by Florida quit claim deed. Here are just some examples to consider:
- Florida real estate in a beach resort may be subject to a transfer fee levied by the resort.
- Florida timeshare associations almost always have a fee imposed by the timeshare association on any transfer of real estate by a Florida quit claim deed.
- A master homeowners’ association may impose a transfer fee pursuant to the recorded association documents.
While these fees may not be imposed or monitored by the county clerk of courts, failure to pay these fees can cause some problems for both the grantor (the person transferring the real property by Florida quit claim deed form) and the grantee (the person(s) receiving the real property by Florida quit claim deed.
So, there you go! We hope this helps you get your Florida quitclaim deed recorded in the proper county.
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