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Under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 44B section 8,  real property conveyance documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds are subject to a Community Preservation Act surcharge.  This law was amended by chapter 41 sections 29 and 30 of the Acts of 2019.  Effective December 31, 2019, the $20 surcharge will increase to $50 for documents, and the recording fee for a municipal lien certificate will be raised  from $10 to $25.  The surcharges are forwarded to the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund which is used for historic preservation, open space and recreational land acquisition, and affordable housing by cities and towns that have accepted the statute.  Participating municipalities receive distributions from the fund on a sliding scale basis.

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