BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.152 Division IX Deeds Law

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Chapter 15.152
Deeds Law


15.152.010 Title.
15.152.020 Legislative findings and purposes.
15.152.030 Requirements for deeds.
15.152.040 Recorder of Deeds.
15.152.050 Penalty for violation.

15.152.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited and referred to as the "Requirements for Deeds Law."
(Ord. 56141 1, 1972.)

15.152.020 Legislative findings and purposes.

The board of aldermen finds that the use of straw parties in real estate transactions impairs the investigation and prosecution of arson and undermines the efforts of the city to obtain compliance with its ordinances prescribing minimum safety and health standards for buildings; that straw parties have been used to conceal the identity of persons receiving fire insurance proceeds and of persons responsible for arson perpetrated in order to collect fire insurance; that straw parties in some cases are dead, nonexistent or insolvent; that straw parties in some cases are persons of little or no business experience and are unaware of the legal responsibilities which accrue to real estate conveyances; that some conveyances are made to persons who do not know that real estate has been conveyed to them and who have not accepted such conveyances; that the grantors of conveyances made for the purpose of evading responsibility for arson and housing violations are often difficult to locate for the purposes of investigation and prosecution; and that the improper use of straw parties has occurred on a widespread, casual and indiscriminate basis. The board of aldermen declares that it is the purpose of this chapter to eliminate these occurrences by requiring upon a deed:

A. The address of the grantor, thus making him accessible to appropriate governmental officers; and

B. The notarized signature of the grantee, thus both preventing conveyances to unknowing, unwilling, dead or nonexistent persons, and calling the attention of the grantee to the fact that the conveyance of real estate has significant legal consequences.
(Ord. 56141 2, 1972.)

15.152.030 Requirements for deeds.

In addition to all other requirements prescribed by law, all deeds or other conveyances of lands situated in the City, or of any estate or interest therein, including all warranty deeds (general or special), quitclaim deeds, and deeds of trust, but excluding all easements and rights-of-way:

A. Shall contain the residence address of the grantor; and

B. Shall be subscribed by all of the grantees thereof (excluding, in the case of deeds of trust, all lenders and trustees), or by their lawful agents, which subscription shall be acknowledged or proved and certified, all in the same manner as is prescribed by law for the subscription by the grantor and the acknowledgment or proof and certification thereof. Where a deed conveys a life estate and a remainder, only the subscription of the life tenant shall be required.
(Ord. 65038 1, 2000: prior: Ord. 56141 3, 1972.)

15.152.040 Recorder of deeds.

The recorder of deeds shall not record any deed or conveyance which does not comply with the requirements of Section 15.152.030.
(Ord. 56141 5, 1972.)

15.152.050 Penalty for violation.

Any person who is a party to any deed or conveyance which does not comply with the requirements of Section 15.152.030 shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for not more than ninety days or to both fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 56141 4, 1972.)

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