Real Property Bureau

The Real Property Bureau is located in Albany, New York, and employs a team of attorneys, legal assistants, support staff, and title searchers (who are located in our regional offices around the state).  The Bureau also has a satellite litigation office in Hauppauge, New York.  Originally called the “Title Bureau”, the Bureau was established in 1915 and functions today as the State’s title company for state agencies and other state entities by providing legal assistance when acquiring or disposing of state lands.

The Real Property Bureau investigates title, clears liens, and prepares the deeds and various other closing documents necessary to facilitate the acquisition of clear, marketable title for the state.  In addition, the Bureau handles all of the state’s eminent domain acquisitions by reviewing title, then identifying and certifying all legal interests entitled to compensation and payment for such acquisitions. The Bureau also represents the state in court proceedings involving either disputes over state land titles, or disputes over fair compensation for property acquired by eminent domain.

The Real Property Bureau has three areas of responsibility:

  1. Eminent Domain Land Appropriations
  2. Purchase and Sale of State Lands
  3. State Real Property Litigation