Real property transfer forms
A real property transfer form—RP-5217, RP-5217-NYC, or RP-5217-PDF (pilot project)—is required for all real property transfers where a deed is filed. A filing fee is also required.
The state and counties, and agencies and officers thereof, are exempt from the filing fee pursuant to section 8017 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
Filing Fees for Form RP-5217, Real Property Transfer Report: For residential and farm property, the fee is $125. The fee for all other property is $250. The county where the filing is made retains $9 of the fee paid. See Real Property Law § 333(3) for additional information, or the chart, below, for detailed fee information.
The filing fee is structured differently for qualifying residential or farm property versus all other property.
Qualifying residential property must satisfy at least one of the following conditions:
- The property classification code assigned to the property on the latest final assessment roll, as reported on the transfer report form (item 18), indicates that the property is a one, two, or three family home or a rural residence. These codes will be three digit numbers in the 200s or item 7 indicates that the property is one-, two- or three- family residential property.
- The transfer report form (item 7) indicates that the property is one, two, or three family residential property that has been newly constructed on vacant land (item 9). This property will have a property classification code (item 18) in the 300s.
- The transfer report form indicates that the property is a residential condominium. This property will have an ownership code of C or D after the property classification code in item 18 or item 8 indicates a condominium.
Qualifying farm property is property for which the property classification code on the latest final assessment roll, as reported on the transfer report form item 18, is in the agricultural category. This property will have a code in the 100s, or item 7 indicates agricultural property.
- If multiple parcels are being transferred on one deed, the primary use, at time of sale, should be identified on lines 7 and 18. The appropriate fee will apply based on information above.
- If line 7A, 7B or 18 indicates the property is residential, the fee is $125, as described above.
- If line 7E or 18 indicates the property is farm/agricultural, the fee is $125, as described above.
Real property transfers not requiring a real property transfer form
Some types of transfers do not require the filing of a real property transfer form:
- purchase of individual cemetery plots
- co-op transfers
- sales of mineral rights
Other circumstances that do not require the filing of a transfer form:
- lease agreements
- will preparation
- license agreements
- mortgage refinancing
- tax sale certificates or option-to-buy