Helpful Hints Concerning Liens
General Information: There are many types of liens. Only a full title search will reveal all of the liens against a particular property. An attorney or a professional paralegal usually performs a title search. However, all of the information in the ROD office is public record and you can look it up yourself. While the ROD staff cannot perform a title search, we are happy to show you where our books are and how to use them to search for the needed information.
State and Federal Tax Liens: The State Department of Revenue and the IRS place these liens against individuals. Sometimes one of these liens may show up on your credit report. If the lien is paid, we can provide you with a copy of the satisfaction documentation for your records. You may then contact the Credit Reporting agency to determine further steps to clear your credit record.
Mechanic’s Liens: These liens are placed against property when an individual or contractor has done work on the property but the owner refuses to pay for it for some reason. If you need to place a lien against a property, you should seek the advice of an attorney.
UCC Financing Statements: These liens are placed against fixtures that are attached to property. An example of this would be a mobile home or a hot water heater. Furniture and jewelry and the like can be used for collateral on a financing statement also, but those filings are in the Secretary of State’s office. Only fixture filings are recorded in the ROD office. You can find copies of the new UCC forms by linking to www.scsos.com/forms.html.
Judgments, Lis Pendens, Hospital Liens and Family Court Judgments are not located in the Register of Deeds office. These liens are in the Clerk of Court’s office in the Courthouse.