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(Ohio HB 525 Sets Standards for Documents to be Filed with Ohio County Recorders)

While over 20 states (and counting) have joined the “e-real estate filing” trend (and adopted the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act), Ohio is apparently content with making original filed documents look a little better by virtue of HB 525. Effective July 1, 2009, HB 525 is the new standardization act pertaining to documents filed with Ohio county recorders.

HB 525 creates a revised Section 317.114 of the Ohio Revised Code, with the following guidelines for recorded real estate documents.

1) Computer font size of at least ten point;

2) Maximum paper size: 8 ½ x 14; Minimum paper size: 8 ½ x 11;

3) Margins of 1 inch on each side of the page and on bottom;

4) 3 inch margin on the top of the first page, reserved for recorder, auditor and engineer;
1 ½ margin on the top of each of the remaining pages;

5) Black or blue ink only.

If a document does not conform to these guidelines, an additional recording fee of $20 will be due.

HB 525 does NOT apply to: (i) any document from any court or taxing authority; (ii) Plats;
(iii) DD214’s; (iv) any state or federal document; and (v) any document executed before July 1, 2009.

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