Harvey Ruvin - Clerk of the Courts - Miami-Dade County, Florida

Deed Fraud

In an effort to reduce deed fraud, the Clerk of Court Recorder sends a courtesy letter to the property owner whenever a Quit Claim deed is recorded with our office. Since the program began in 2006, this effort has helped increase awareness of fraudulent transfers.

As a property owner, you should receive a Notice of Proposed Taxes in the end of August each year. If you do not receive this, you should contact the Property Appraiser. You can also periodically check the Miami-Dade County Property Search to verify the Property Appraiser’s owner of record. If there are any discrepancies, further action on your part would be prudent.

Think you are a victim of deed fraud?
If you suspect that someone has obtained a fraudulent deed to your property, notify the Economic Crimes Unit of the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-994-1000. Also, obtain the services of an attorney as soon as possible.

You can request a certified copy of the recorded deed from the County Recorder's Office online, by mail or in person. See instructions.

If the property is not occupied?
If the property in question is not lived in, is not being rented or leased and if no one should be living there, you or someone you know should check the property periodically to assure that it is not occupied by other parties.

Also, you can periodically check the deed records that are recorded in our County Recorder's Official Record Search.