Question from Jayne503, What happens when the auditor’s office lists two grantees on a deed, but the deed shows only one grantee?
Answer from AI:
In the United States, the process of recording deeds and other property documents is typically handled by a county auditor’s office or a similar local government entity. These offices are responsible for maintaining accurate public records. However, mistakes can occur, such as listing an incorrect number of grantees on a deed.
Understanding the Issue
A grantee is the person or entity to whom property is transferred. If a deed clearly shows one grantee, but the auditor’s office lists two, this could be due to a clerical error, a misunderstanding, or a misinterpretation of the deed.
Such discrepancies can lead to confusion and potential legal disputes. For example, if two grantees are listed, it might be assumed that the property is jointly owned, which could affect rights of possession, responsibilities for property taxes, and other matters.
Addressing the Issue
If you discover such an error, you should take steps to correct it. Here are some general steps you might take:
- Review the deed carefully to confirm the number of grantees.
- Contact the auditor’s office to inform them of the error.
- Provide the office with a copy of the deed, if necessary.
- Request a correction to the public record.
In some cases, you might need legal assistance to resolve this issue. For example, if the auditor’s office disputes your claim, or if the error has led to a legal dispute with another party, you should consult with a real estate attorney.
The laws governing property deeds vary by state, so it’s important to consult the relevant state statutes or local ordinances. For example, in California, the Government Code Section 27201 governs the recording of deeds.
Please note: This information is intended to provide a general understanding of the issue. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Always consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.