Any property being sold in the City of Newark is required to have a lien certificate completed. A lien certificate protects both the buyer of the property and the City by certifying any amounts owed to the City by the seller prior to settlement. These amounts may include outstanding property taxes, utilities, and other liens placed against the property. To request a lien certificate, please have the settlement attorney fill out the form found here and submit it a minimum of ten days in advance to the City Secretary’s office. Once completed, a lien certificate will be sent to the applying settlement attorney. Monies owed to the City, including the $20.00 lien certificate fee, should be collected by the attorney at settlement and forwarded to the City’s Finance Department.