Hamilton County Abolishes Registered Land

Effective September 5, 2014, the Hamilton County Commissioners have abolished land registration. The TORRENS law or land registration is distinguished from the recording laws through a system that is entirely different from recording procedure. Almost all counties in Ohio have taken advantage of the 1991 law enabling the abolition of registration. While this is a cost savings measure by the county, savings will be realized by all property owners now owning registered land. The Ohio statutes (Chapter 5310) provide for an orderly process of determining the status of registered land after abolition including the recording of new instruments. For those holding registered land through a certificate of Title, nothing needs to be done. For all future transactions involving the once registered land, all instruments for its conveyance or encumbrance will be recorded in a traditional recordation system used by the County Recorder.

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