132nd General Assembly, Regular Session, pt. 3 1 (2017-2018)

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                                      (132nd General Assembly)
                                   (Amended House Bill Number 52)



                                      AN ACT



       To amend section 1345.99 and to enact section 1345.032 of the Revised Code to
           regulate the solicitation of certain deeds.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:


        SECTION 1. That section 1345.99 be amended and section 1345.032 of the Revised Code be
enacted to read as follows:
        Sec. 1345.032. (A) As used in this section:
        (1) Deed means a written instrument entitled to be recorded in the office of the county
recorder of the county in which the subject property is situated that purports to convey or transfer
title in fee simple of real property in this state. Deed includes a leasehold interest for ninety-nine
years or more. Deed does not include instruments providing for any of the following:
       (a) Common driveways:
       (b) Exchanges of easements or rights-of-way
       (c) Revocable licenses to use, adjust, or clear defects of or clouds on title;
       (d) Utility service lines such as drainage, sewerage, water, electric, telephone, or other such
service lines:
        (e) Quitclaim of possible outstanding interests.
        (2) Public body means any township, county, municipal corporation, commission, district,
authority, other subdivision, or public body of this state.
       (3) Solicit means to advertise or market to a person with whom the solicitor has no pre-
existing business relationship.
        (B)(1) A supplier soliciting a fee for providing a copy of a deed or a free copy of a deed in
connection with the solicitation for any other service or product shall state on the top of the document
used for the solicitation, in at least twenty-four-point type, all of the following:
        (a) That the solicitation is not from a public body:
        (b) That no action is legally required by the person being solicited:
        (c) The statutory fee for, or the cost of, obtaining a copy of the deed from the county recorder
who has custody of the deed:
        (d) The information necessa to contact that county recorder
        (e) The name and physical address of the person soliciting the fee.
        (2) The document used for a solicitation under this section shall not be in a form or use
deadline dates or other language that makes the document appear to be a document issued by a public
body or that appears to impose a legal duty on the person being solicited.
        (3) A supplier soliciting a fee for providing a copy of a deed shall not charge a fee of more
than four times the fee charged by the county recorder for a copy of that deed pursuant to section
317.32 of the Revised Code.

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