A Vermont quit claim deed transfers a grantor’s interest in a property to a grantee, though it cannot guarantee that the grantor has title rights or that the title is unencumbered. As covenants or warranties are not included in a quit claim deed, the grantee is at risk of receiving a title clouded by liens or of finding out that the grantor has no right to transfer title in the first place.
Quit claim deeds are often used when no consideration is involved, such as property transfers from a parent to their child or from one (1) spouse to another. Another common use is to correct title defects resulting from errors in the initial deed document.
- Statutes: Title 27, Chapter 5 (§ 301 – § 616)
- Formatting: No state-wide formatting standards. The town/county clerk may be contacted for a town, city, or county’s specific requirements.
- Signing Requirements (§ 341(a)): Notary Public
- Where to Record (§ 402): City/Town/County Clerk’s Office
- Recording Fees (§ 1671(a)(6)): $15 per page
- Property Transfer Tax Return (Form PTT-172): This form is required when filing a property deed with the clerk or online. The grantee may pay property transfer tax through the myVtax website or by mailing a check to the address provided in the link below.
- Smoke Detector Certificate (§ 2883(a)): Used to inform a buyer of a single-family home that the dwelling’s smoke detection and alarm system meets state regulations.