MoCo Land Records Office
to reverse closure decision
GCAAR has successfully advocated to reverse an earlier decision to completely close the Montgomery County Land Records Office through April 6.

On Monday, March 16, the Maryland Judiciary issued an order closing the courts, indicating that only essential personnel should report to work starting Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. The Montgomery County Land Records office then determined that it met the “non-essential” criteria – which subsequently led to its closure.

GCAAR’s Government Affairs team reached out to our elected officials, including County Executive Marc Elrich, Council President Sidney Katz, and Delegate Marc Korman, head of the Montgomery County House Delegation, all of whom were incredibly responsive and helpful in reaching out to the Governor’s office, Clerk of the Court, and others to re-evaluate this decision. 

Specifics are still in progress, but the Montgomery County Clerk will soon make an announcement that the office will continue to accept land records documents, while taking proper precautionary measures in alignment with the CDC’s recommendations. Additional information is available on the Montgomery County website .

Status of DC Office of Tax and Revenue Recorder of Deeds
It is our understanding that the DC Office of Tax and Revenue continues to be operational as its staff takes proper precautionary measures against the coronavirus, in alignment with the CDC’s recommendations.
A formal posting regarding the office’s staffing and procedures is forthcoming; GCAAR will update you as soon as we receive additional information.

The information in this email is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as formal legal guidance by members or communicated as formal legal guidance to any members of the public. As developments related to COVID-19 continue to develop, members are advised to verify all information with local authorities before making any decisions related to the contents of this email.