About Municipal Lien Certificates
A Municipal Lien Certificate (MLC) is a legal document that lists all taxes, assessments, sewer, trash water and electric charges owed on a property. These documents are usually requested by law offices in preparation of a refinance or sale of a property.
How to Order an MLC
A Municipal Lien Request Form (PDF) must be submitted to the Collector’s Office. Each request should include the map and parcel ID number for the property, which can be obtained from the Assessor’s Office at 413-538-5027, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. The fee for each certificate is $50. This applies to both residential and commercial properties. If an individual has more than 1 parcel of land, a certificate must be ordered for each parcel.
By law, the Collector’s Office has 10 days to furnish a completed MLC to the applicant. Although the certificates are usually prepared within 3 to 4 business days depending on how involved the request is and on peak collection times in the Collector’s Office, we advise that you allow 10 days when making a request.