Performing a Title Search
When conducting a phase I investigation it is necessary to obtain a parcel number or a parcel map in order to obtain a title or deed for the property in question. The title or deed helps to establish the responsible party as well as the contact person for that particular piece of property and is helpful in obtaining history of past tenants or any attachments that may be included with the deed.
To conduct the title search you must have the physical address of the property in question and the name of the property owner. If both the physical address and the property owner's name are unknown, research can be done at the County Assessors Office by looking up the property's street and/or road name on parcel maps.
Once you know the address and owner contact the appropriate County Assessors Office, provide them with the address and owner of the property and request an assessors parcel number (APN #). With the APN # the Assessors Office can provide the document number of the title or deed.
With the APN # and the title/deed document number you can contact the County Recorder's Office to request a copy of current or past deeds for the property in question