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Disclosure of Wells to Buyer
Minnesota Statute 103I.235 requires the seller of any property to provide information to the buyer and the State of Minnesota about the location and status of all wells on the property.
The deed must contain a statement that a well disclosure certificate accompanies the document.
The Well Disclosure Certificate includes:
- Legal description of the property and the county in which it is located
- Name and mailing address of the buyer
- Signature of the seller or a person authorized to act on behalf of the seller
- Quartile, section, township and range in which each well is located
- A map drawn from available information showing the location of each well to the extent practicable
- Whether each well indicated is in use, not in use, or sealed.
All transfer deeds – including Contracts for Deed – require a completed Well Disclosure Certificate and a $50 fee, or one of the following statements that apply must appear on the deed:
- “The Seller certifies that the seller does not know of any wells on the described real property”
- “I am familiar with the property described in this instrument and I certify that the status and the number of wells on the described real property have not changed since the last previously filed well disclosure certificate.”
When a Well Certificate is Not Required
- If there are not wells on the property. However, the deed must contain the following disclosure statement: “The seller certifies that the seller does not know of any wells on the described real property.”
- If the number and status of the wells has not changed since the last certificate was filed. The deed must contain the following disclosure statement: “I am familiar with the property disclosed in this instrument and I certify that the status and number of wells on the described real property has not changed since the last previously filed well disclosure statement.”
- If the property being conveyed has a consideration of less than $1,000 or is an individual condominium unit.
If you need to know what was on the last filed Well Disclosure Certificate, you may call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-4600.
Click here for the Minnesota Department of Health Well Disclosure Information and forms website.
Certificate of Real Estate Value (CRV)
Whenever any real estate is sold for a consideration in excess of $1,000, a CRV must be filed with the deed when it is presented for recording (Minnesota Statutes, section 272.115, subdivision 1).
The purchase amount indicated on the CRV is used to calculate the amount of state deed tax due.
CRVs are checked to ensure that:
- The names of the buyer and seller, the date of the deed, the street address of the property and the legal description of the property all match the deed.
- The phone numbers of the buyer and seller, the purchase price of the property, the indication of whether personal property was included in the purchase price, and blocks 7, 9 and 8a on the CRV form are completed.
- The declaration contains a printed name, signature, date and phone number.
- The pink copy of the form includes the social security numbers of all buyers and sellers listed on the deed, or an affidavit is provided for each missing social security number.
Electronic Certificates of Real Estate Value (eCRVs) are now accepted in Ramsey County. Additional information about the eCRV can be found on the Department of Revenue web site.