In a transparent effort to raise fees, the New York State Legislature has instituted a fee hike on real property transfers, by increasing the filing fees for the RP-5217 Property Transfer Report. [See Real Property Law § 333(3), amended by L.2009, c.56, Pt. JJ, approved 4/7/2009].
The new fees increased most deed filing fees from $165 to $250, (for deeds submitted for recording after June 1, 2009). For questions on the new filing fee or other transfer report related matters, contact the Rockland County Clerk’s Office or the ORPS’ Data Management Unit at 518-473-7222.
Bottom Line, they have to make up the budget shortfalls somewhere.