How to find out who owns a property

Written by m.j. kelly
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How to find out who owns a property
A call to your town hall or a mouse click can turn up a name. (computer mouse image by haruspex from Fotolia.com)

You can search for the owner of a particular property a number of ways. Each city or town has a tax assessor who evaluates the homes, businesses and land in the town, and determines the tax on each property. Every piece of real estate in a city or town is included in the “assessor rolls,” and you can use them to learn who owns a property. You also can learn the name of a property owner by viewing the deed to a particular piece of real estate or by reading the town’s voter list.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Call the town hall in the city where the property is located, and ask for the assessor’s or city clerk’s office. Ask a person in that office where the list of the town’s property rolls is located.

  2. 2

    Conduct an online search for the list of assessed properties, which often is included on a city's website. Type such phrases as “property tax” or “tax assessor” into the search bar of the city's website to find the list.

  3. 3

    Look through the city’s voter list, which can be found at the town hall.

  4. 4

    Enlist the services of a commercial search company if you would rather not spend the time looking for the information yourself.

Tips and warnings

  • Not everyone registers to vote, and sometimes a property is rented, so these lists may be limited.

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