Effective January 1, 1995, Act 415, Public Acts of 1994, requires the buyer, grantee, or a transferee of any property to file a real estate transfer affidavit Form L-4260, Property Transfer Affidavit. ( Form L-4260, Property Transfer Affidavit ) This form must be filed whenever real estate or some types of personal property are transferred, even in the event you are not recording a deed. The new owner must file the Property Transfer Affidavit, Form 4260, with the assessor for the city or township where the property is located within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not filed timely, a penalty of $5.00 per day (maximum $200.00) applies. The property transfer affidavit is used by the assessor to ensure the property is assessed properly and receives the correct taxable value.