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Bristol County Special Warranty Deed Form Page 1

Special Warranty Deed Form - Bristol County

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Included document last updated 5/6/2020


Bristol County Special Warranty Deed Guide Page 1

Special Warranty Deed Guide - Bristol County

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Included document last updated 5/21/2020


Bristol County Completed Example of the Special Warranty Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Special Warranty Deed Document - Bristol County

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Included document last updated 4/17/2020


*The Following Rhode Island and Bristol County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Residency Affidavit

Residency Affidavit

When a nonresident sells Rhode Island realty and associated tangible personal property, the buyer must deduct and withhold a percentage of the total amount paid. The buyer may rely on the seller’s determination of residency only if the seller furnishes the buyer with a residency affidavit. This residency affidavit must be completed by the seller and made part of all closings when any Rhode Island realty and associated tangible property are sold. In the absence of this affidavit, the buyer must withhold. Every buyer subject to withholding is liable for the amounts withheld or required to be withheld and the amounts are a lien on the property until paid. The buyer should retain the original affidavit with the other records and must produce it for the Division of Taxation, if requested. A copy of the affidavit should be given to the seller. The buyer should not send the affidavit to the Tax Division.


Conveyance Tax

Conveyance Tax

The conveyance tax return form or CVYT-1 form must be filed with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. Unless noted otherwise, completed forms should be sent to: Rhode Island Division of Taxation One Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by notaries in the state.


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Areas covered by these Special Warranty Deed Forms:

  • Bristol County

Including:

  • Barrington
  • Bristol
  • Prudence Island
  • Warren

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What is the Rhode Island Special Warranty Deed?

In Rhode Island, title to real property can be transferred from one party to another by recording a special warranty deed. A special warranty deed conveys an interest in real property to the named grantee with limited warranties of title.

Special warranty deeds are statutory in Rhode Island under R.I.G.L. 34-11-43. When the words "special warranty" are used in the title of the deed, or the phrase "with special warranty covenants" is included in the conveyancing clause, the following covenants are implied: the grantor guarantees that he or she holds title to the property and has good right to convey it; that the property is free from encumbrances (with the exception of any noted in the deed); and that the grantor will "warrant and defend" the title against the claims of anyone "by, through, or under the grantor" (R.I.G.L. 34-11-16, 34-11-44). Unlike a general warranty deed, which conveys property with full warranties of title, a special warranty deed only protects the grantee (buyer) against claims that arose during the time the grantor held title to the property.

A lawful special warranty deed includes the grantor's full name, mailing address, and marital status; the consideration given for the transfer; and the grantee's full name, mailing address, marital status, and vesting. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. Generally, real property is owned in either sole ownership or in co-ownership. For Rhode Island residential property, the primary methods for holding title are tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and tenancy by entirety. A conveyance of real estate to two or more persons creates a tenancy in common, unless otherwise specified in the conveyance (R.I.G.L. 34-3-1).

As with any conveyance of realty, a special warranty deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. Recite the prior deed reference to maintain a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. Finally, the document must meet all state and local standards for recorded instruments. The completed deed must be signed by the grantor (and his or her spouse, if applicable) in the presence of a notary.

The grantor must indicate his or her residency status on the face of the deed. A residency affidavit, completed by the grantor, is required for sales of realty by nonresidents. Transfers by nonresidents are subject to withholding of a percentage of the total payment by the grantee/buyer. Buyers may only depend on the seller's residency status by receipt of an affidavit of residency. For more on withholding of Rhode Island tax, see R.I.G.L. 44-30-71.3.

Rhode Island levies a Real Estate Conveyance Tax based on the consideration paid (R.I.G.L. 44-25-1(a)). This tax is due upon recording. If there is no consideration paid, the deed must include a statement to the effect that "the consideration is such that no documentary stamps are required" (R.I.G.L. 44-25-1(b)). If the transfer is exempt from the Real Estate Conveyance Tax, state the reason on the face of the deed. See R.I.G.L. 44-25-2 for a list of exemptions. A completed Form CVYT-1 (Real Estate Conveyance Tax return) is required for all transfers of real property, and should be submitted to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.

Record the original completed deed, along with any additional materials, at the city or town clerk's office in the municipality where the property is located. (Rhode Island maintains land records at the municipal level.) Contact the same office to verify accepted forms of payment.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact a lawyer with questions related to special warranty deeds, or for any other issues related to the transfer of real property in Rhode Island.

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