317.33 Suit on bond of county recorder.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, if a county recorder refuses to accept a deed or other instrument of writing presented to the recorder for recording, the legal fee for recording it being paid or tendered; or refuses to give a receipt therefor, when required; or fails to number consecutively all deeds or other instruments of writing upon receipt; or fails to index a deed or other instrument of writing, by the morning of the day next after it is filed for record; or neglects, without reasonable cause, to record a deed or other instrument of writing within twenty days after it is received for record; or demands and receives a greater fee for the recorder's services than that allowed by law; or knowingly endorses on a deed or other instrument of writing a different date from that on which it was presented for record, or a different date from that on which it was recorded; or refuses to make out and certify a copy of any record in the recorder's office, when demanded, the recorder's legal fee for the copy being paid or tendered; or purposely destroys, defaces, or injures any book, record, or seal belonging to the recorder's office, or any deed or other instrument of writing deposited in the recorder's office for record, or negligently suffers it to be destroyed, defaced, or injured; or does or omits any other act, contrary to sections 317.01 to 317.33 of the Revised Code, the recorder shall be liable solely on the recorder's bond to any party harmed by the improper conduct.

(B) If a county recorder, acting under division (B) of section 317.13 of the Revised Code, improperly refuses to record an instrument of writing in a manner that is not described in division (A)(6)(b) of section 2744.03 of the Revised Code, the recorder shall not be personally liable on account of the improper refusal and the surety that issued the recorder's bond shall not have a right of subrogation against the recorder on account of a claim made on the recorder's bond as a result of the improper refusal.

Effective Date: 03-14-2002