A Massachusetts release deed is a document that conveys property with the least amount of title insurance. Unlike a “warranty” or “quit claim” deed, a release gives zero assurance to the recipient (grantee) that the property title is free from encumbrances. Due to this lack of assurances, there may be unknown easements, liens, leases, or mortgages on the property that will be transferred with the title and become the grantee’s responsibility. Furthermore, the transferor (grantor) offers no promise that they have the right to convey the title, and therefore, the transfer could potentially be invalid.
The grantee is recommended to investigate the title with the registry where it was recorded to ensure that there are no known claims on the property prior to executing any agreement to buy or transfer it.
- Statute: Chapter 183 § 54B(2), Appendix (4)
- Signing Requirements (§§ 29, 30): Notary Public
- Where to Record: Registry of Deeds Office
- Recording Fees (Registry of Deeds Fee Schedule): $155