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General Information On Property Document Records

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The County Recorder, upon payment of proper fees and taxes, will accept any document that is authorized or required by California law to be recorded, if the document contains required information and if it is photographically reproducible.

To learn about new laws that affect the property document recording process, view the Notices page.

Senate Bill (SB) 2 - Affordable Housing and Jobs Act Fee

Pursuant to SB2, documents accepted for recording at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk may be charged an additional $75 as follows:

A fee of $75 shall be paid at the time of recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each single transaction per parcel of real property. The fee imposed by this section shall not exceed $225.

  • This fee will be calculated per document, with a maximum of $225 based on the number of documents and titles.

The fee shall not be imposed on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer subject to the imposition of a documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier.

  • A declaration of valid exemption may be placed on the face of each document, or on a document cover page which shall become part of the document, prior to depositing with the Recorder. If no valid exemption is declared, the fee will be assessed.
  • For our SB2 Exemption Cover Page, please click here.

This requirement is being made in accordance with the legislative amendment of Government Code Section 27388.1

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