Recorder of Deeds - David Bradford, Esq.
The Office of the Recorder of Deeds has several State and Local mandated functions and responsibilities. The primary duties of the office are to review, record and index documents relating to real estate in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and to provide the public and the real estate professions access to those records. The Recorder of Deeds also acts as a collection agent for the County of Erie, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Pennsylvania Department of State and all the various townships, boroughs and school districts located within the boundaries of Erie County.
The office handles a vast array of documents, including Deeds, Mortgage, Satisfactions, Powers of Attorney, Leases, Uniform Commercial Code filings and many other types of records. All the documents recorded in the office are indexed and scanned into a computer system. All the documents can then be viewed and/or copied by members of the public or those individuals or entities involved in the real estate industry.
The office collects Pennsylvania and local realty transfer tax on all realty transfers. The tax is remitted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to the local municipality and/or school district. Some realty transfers are exempt from the transfer tax, ie., transactions between husband and wife, parent and child and between siblings. For more information on Pennsylvania Realty Transfer Tax, see 72 P.S. Section 8101-C et seq. and 61 Pa Code 91.101 et seq. In addition to collecting realty transfer tax, the office collects Erie County recording fees, Pennsylvania Writ Tax, Low Income Housing fees and Record Management fees. All taxes and fees are set by Pennsylvania Law or local ordinance.
The Recorder of Deeds office is a very busy place. Between 100 and 400 documents are reviewed, recorded, receipted, indexed, imaged and verified each day. In addition, the office handles numerous inquiries from the public via phone, fax e-mail or in person.
The Recorder of Deeds office has many other functions and duties and provides numerous services to the public. However, the office does not depend upon Erie County tax dollars to operate. The Recorder of Deeds office generates annual revenues for the County of Erie in excess of the annual expenditures of the office.
Recorder of Deeds
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 451-6246
Fax: (814) 451-6213