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Signature Information Solutions LLC has received a number of questions regarding Vacant Property Registration fees and whether they are a lien against real estate in New Jersey.  Signature has worked with title agents to remediate these charges if discovered.

We have a legal opinion from the Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association of New Jersey’s (TCTANJ) Counsel, Keith A. Bonchi, Esq. regarding this issue.  Essentially, Mr. Bonchi’s opinion maintains that the Vacant Property Registration fees are NOT a lien against property in New Jersey. Furthermore, it states unequivocally that municipalities should NOT advise attorneys and title companies that these fees are liens on real estate that must be paid in order to transfer title free and clear of liens.

This is being provided to help clarify some confusion regarding these fees and how they impact title transfers.

As always, title agents should contact their underwriters for further direction.

Note:  Mr. Bonchi’s legal opinion was presented to the TCTANJ and he does not represent Signature Information Solutions LLC.

The information provided is for informative purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice or a legal opinion. For legal advice, please consult an attorney.

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