Updated on September 1st, 2022
A Washington quit claim deed conveys real property from one person (the grantor) to another (the grantee), though it cannot guarantee the title’s quality or legal owner. Due to the absence of guarantees found in other deeds, the grantee risks receiving a title with liens attached or discovering that the grantor did not have title rights, thus voiding their own ownership.
Quit claim deeds are best suited for transfers where liens or ownership disputes are unlikely (e.g., gift transfers, perfecting a title defect, etc.). For such cases, recording a quit claim deed is a quick and straightforward way to transfer a title.
- Statutes: § 64.04.050
- Formatting: § 64.32.120, § 65.04.045, § 65.04.048
- Signing Requirements (§ 64.03.020): Notary Public
- Where to Record (§ 65.08.070): County Recorder’s Office (Court Directory)
- Recording Fees (King County Recorder’s Office): $203.50 for the first page + $1 for each additional page.
- Cover Sheet (§ 65.04.047): Must be included with the deed if the first page does not state the information indicated in § 65.04.045. A cover sheet provided by the county recorder’s office where the deed is recorded may be required (see Pierce County).
- Property Disclosure Statement (§ 64.06.020 & § 64.06.030): Homebuyers must be provided this statement disclosing any property defects within five (5) business days of entering into a purchase agreement.