Deed scheme draws state's ire

Watch out for the deed peddlers.

The state Department of Consumer Protection this week said companies in Connecticut have been trying to sell homeowners copies of their deeds, documents easily obtainable at Town Hall. The charge: $80 or more.

"We've learned that a company called Property Transfer Service is operating in Connecticut," Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said in a statement. "This company is apparently running the same scheme as Record Retrieval Department, a company that we ousted from Connecticut early this year."

Copies of land records typically cost $1 per page and $2 for a certified record, the department said.

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