DeKalb County Jail launches project to remove property bond liens

A new project launched by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will help remove liens on more than 1,000 properties in DeKalb County.

The sheriff’s office, in collaboration with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Unit, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office, and DeKalb County Clerk of Superior Court, has launched the “Notice of Bond Release” project to help clear property bond liens on file in situations in which a home was used as a property bond to get someone out of jail after the person was arrested.

“If the property bond was $10,000 or more, a lien was placed on the property,” stated officials. “Currently, there are some 1,047 property bonds with liens that are ready to be removed so the property can be released back to the owner.”

According to officials with Spruce, a business that coordinates transactions between homeowners and their lender or real estate institution, liens “can potentially cause problems with buying or selling property.”

“Liens affect what a homeowner can do with their home, because the creditors have a legal stake in the property,” stated Spruce officials. “Namely, if someone tries to sell their home before liens are lifted, they may not have a free and clear title, or full rights to sell the property.”

While informing those who have property bond liens is one part of the “Notice of Bond Release” project, officials said they also want to provide the correct steps to get the lien removed, which include:

  • First, the surety (or property owner) must bring a valid state-issued ID and a copy of the notice of bond to the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur. If more than one individual is named as the surety, all parties are required to be present with their valid state-issued identification and a copy of the bond notice.
  • For those who do not have a copy of the notice of bond, copies are available from the Clerk of Superior Court Real Estate office located on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse.
  • Next, take a copy of the bond notice and state-issued ID to the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office on the 7th floor of the administrative side of the DeKalb County Courthouse to obtain a property bond release.
  • Then, bring a state-issued ID, a copy of the notice of bond and the property bond release to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Unit located in Room B110 in the basement of the DeKalb County Courthouse for further processing.
  • All documents obtained during this process must be presented to the Clerk of Superior Court Real Estate office, located on the ground floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse, to get the lien removed. The fee to have the property bond release is $25.00 cash or money order only.

All offices are open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Dekalb County Courthouse is located at 556 N. McDonough St. in Decatur.

The alphabetical schedule, by last name of the property owner, for the project’s service is as follows:

  • A-D now to Oct. 28
  • E-H Oct. 31 to Nov. 11
  • I-L Nov. 14 to Nov. 25
  • M-P Nov. 28 to Dec. 9
  • Q-T Dec. 12 to Dec. 23
  • U-Z Dec. 26 to Jan. 6

For more information on bonding at the DeKalb County Jail, visit www.dekalbsheriff.org.

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