New Property Fraud Prevention Program to Launch in Lee County
The “Title Fraud Prevention Through Identity Verification Pilot Program” unanimously passed both Florida legislative chambers. It authorizes the Lee County Clerk to pilot the program for two years and determine how the process may work for other counties.
As a result, The Lee County Clerk’s office will pilot a Property Fraud Prevention Program rolled out in phases and, if successful, could be proposed statewide in Florida.
Identifications Required When Recording Deeds Starting August 1
The first change to protect property owners will require copies of government-issued photo identifications by grantors and grantees when recording a property deed in-person or by mail in Lee County. This change is effective August 1, 2023.
These identifications will not be made public online but kept at the Clerk’s office to provide to law enforcement when investigating suspected property fraud.
Lee County will implement identification requirements for e-recorded deeds at a later date.
Should you have questions about the new law for recording deeds in Lee County, contact the real estate attorneys at Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. in Naples or Marco Island, Florida for more information.