Ohio Quitclaim Deed Form

Last Updated: January 3, 2024 by Rukshani Lye

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What is a Quitclaim Deed in Ohio?

In Ohio, a quitclaim deed is used to transfer property from an owner (“Grantor”) to the new owner (“Grantee”) without any promises or guarantees about the property’s title or condition. Quitclaim deeds are a quick way to transfer property but they offer the lowest security among real estate deeds in Ohio.

The most common use of quitclaim deeds is between parties with high levels of trust, such as family members or close friends.

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What is the Difference Between a Quitclaim Deed and a Warranty Deed in Ohio?

The main difference between quitclaim deeds and warranty deeds in Ohio is that a quitclaim deed provides less security to the Grantee.

A warranty deed provides legal protection to the new owner because it confirms that the Grantor owns the property and has the right to make a transfer.

Warranty deeds are mostly used for real estate transactions in Ohio. Quitclaim deeds, on the other hand, are typically used for transfers between family and friends.

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How Do Quitclaim Deeds Work in Ohio?

Laws surrounding quitclaim deeds are found in Title 53 of the Ohio Revised Code titled Real Property.

A quitclaim deed in Ohio must state that the Grantor is giving up rights to any interest in the property to the Grantee. Once prepared, the quitclaim deed must be filed with the County Recorder’s Office.

Can You Prepare Your Own Quitclaim Deed in Ohio?

You can prepare your own quitclaim deed in Ohio. A professional drafter is not legally required.

The name and address of the individual who drafted the deed must be mentioned under “Prepared by.”

Ohio Quitclaim Deed Requirements

For a quitclaim to be legally valid in Ohio, the deed must follow certain state-specific rules.

Formatting Requirements

Formatting requirements for quitclaim deeds in Ohio include:

  1. Paper size: between letter (8.5 x 11) or legal (8.5 x 14).
  2. Font size: minimum of 10 points.
  3. Font color: black or blue ink.
  4. No highlighting allowed.
  5. Margins: first page: 3-inch top margin; subsequent pages: 1.5-inch top margin; all other sides: 1-inch margin
  6. Note: deeds that don’t follow these guidelines will incur a $10 charge.

Content Requirements

Content requirements for quitclaim deeds in Ohio include:

1. Grantor’s name and address.

2. Grantor’s marital status; spouse’s name and address.

3. Grantee’s name and address.

4. Drafter’s name and address.

5. Name and address for property tax statements.

6. English Language.

  • Non-English deeds must have a certified translation.
  • The translator must sign before a notary.

7. Granting clause – statement describing the transfer the parties have agreed to.

8. Consideration clause – the value or the amount of money exchanged.

9. Property address.

10. Property description.

11. The property’s parcel identification number.

Who Signs a Quitclaim Deed in Ohio?

For a quitclaim deed to be legally valid in Ohio, it must be signed by the Grantor. The Grantor’s name must be printed directly below.

In Ohio, Dower Rights grant a spouse a one-third interest in property acquired by their partner during marriage. To fully transfer ownership rights, the spouse must sign either the quitclaim deed or a separate waiver.

The Grantor’s signature must be acknowledged before a notary or an authorized officer in the county where the property is located.

How to File a Quitclaim Deed in Ohio

Here’s how to file a quitclaim deed in Ohio:

1. Prepare the quitclaim deed with the information required.

2. If the Grantor is married, ensure that a spousal waiver of dower rights has been signed in the provided form or attached.

3. Once the quitclaim deed is signed, ensure that it is acknowledged before an authorized officer.

4. The Grantor must submit one of the following two forms to the county Auditor for review, and the Auditor must approve the form before recording the deed:

  1. Real Property Conveyance Fee Statement of Value and Receipt (DE100)
  2. Statement of Reason for Exemption From Real Property Conveyance Fee (DTE 100EX)

5.  File the quitclaim deed, along with the relevant information with the County Recorder’s Office.

How Much Does it Cost to File a Quitclaim Deed in Ohio?

In Ohio, the minimum charges for filing a deed are as follows:

1. The county recorder’s fees to file a quitclaim deed in Ohio are as follows:

  • Fees for deeds up to two pages is $34.
  • Each extra page is charged $8.
  • Each marginal notation is charged $4.

2. Auditor’s Service Fee.

    The county auditor charges a fifty-cent ($0.50) fee for transferring ownership of real estate within the auditor’s records

    What Taxes Are Owed on Quitclaim Deeds in Ohio?

    The transfer of a property through a quitclaim deed triggers the following transfer tax, also known as a Conveyance Fee in Ohio:

    • State Transfer Tax fee is calculated at $1 for each $1,000 of the property’s value.
    • County Transfer Tax is calculated at a rate of $3 per $1,000 of the value of real estate transferred via deed, lease, or other written agreement.

    In Ohio, many transfers that are generally filed under quitclaim deeds are tax-exempt, including:

    • Corrections of recorded deeds.
    • Gifts between spouses, parents, and children.
    • No money or valuable consideration is involved.
    • Certain transfers related to family matters.
    • Property sold to a surviving spouse.
    • Trust-related transfers.

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    How Long Does a Quitclaim Deed Take to be Recorded in Ohio?

    The length of time to record a quitclaim deed in Ohio can vary significantly based on county-specific processes, procedures, and population. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    What Happens After a Quitclaim Deed is Recorded in Ohio?

    Once the quitclaim deed is signed and filed in Ohio, the county will process the document.

    If the deed is clear of any previous filings, a public record of the transfer of the property ownership will be made official.

    How Long Are Quitclaim Deeds Valid For in Ohio?

    There is no expiration for a quitclaim deed in Ohio. However, the statute of limitations to recover the title to a property in Ohio is 21 years.