A Municipal Lien Certificate (MLC) is a legal document that lists all taxes, assessments, sewer, trash water and electric charges owed on a property. These documents are usually requested by law offices in preparation of a refinance or sale of a property.
Alternatively, a Municipal Lien Request Form (PDF) must be submitted to the Collector's Office. Each request should include the map and parcel ID number for the property and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The fee for each certificate is $50. This applies to both residential and commercial properties. If an individual has more than 1 parcel of land, a certificate must be ordered for each parcel.
By law, the Collector's Office has 10 days to furnish a completed MLC to the applicant. Although the certificates are usually prepared within 3 to 4 business days depending on how involved the request is and on peak collection times in the Collector's Office, we advise that you allow 10 days when making a request.