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Is it common for property reassessments to include an interior inspection?
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Posted on 07/08/2014 12:41:00 PM PDT by PizzaTheHut

Is it common for property reassessments to include an interior inspection by a contracted agency? I guess it's no big deal, but what actual right do they have to enter my home? I have not broken any laws, nor am I asking for some zoning permission where I need approval.

Just wondering if anyone else's town/city has done this?


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1 posted on 07/08/2014 12:41:00 PM PDT by PizzaTheHut
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To: PizzaTheHut

they think they can up your value..

tell them no.


2 posted on 07/08/2014 12:42:35 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

I’ve never had it happen to me in multiple homes...but then I don’t live in CT either.


3 posted on 07/08/2014 12:43:08 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: PizzaTheHut

Some towns do it, especially for commercial property, they want to count the deska and computers so they can assess you on each one.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 12:43:18 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: PizzaTheHut

If they see a gun safe they will put you an the list.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 12:43:41 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

you don’t have to letem in but they will “Ball Park” it.
You can deal with that later.
My place is 1776 and falling down.I let em in make sure they note,sagging floors uneven doors etc.
Still goes up cause my 40 acres does it


6 posted on 07/08/2014 12:44:04 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: CGASMIA68

yep, land don’t vote.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 12:45:42 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: cableguymn

They try to make you think you have to let them in, but you do not have to. At least here in N H .


8 posted on 07/08/2014 12:46:10 PM PDT by sopwith (LIVE FREE OR DIE)
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To: PizzaTheHut

They want to see if you made any improvements without pulling a permit. Tell them to pound sand.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 12:46:28 PM PDT by Mr_Peter (Proud to be a Republican in Hingham Massachusetts)
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To: PizzaTheHut

There is going to be a contracted agency to visit all 21,000+ plus homes in my town. That’s got to cost a pretty penny, so they must see an upside on planning to up the values, so they can squeeze even more scrilla out of everyone.


10 posted on 07/08/2014 12:46:56 PM PDT by PizzaTheHut
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To: cableguymn
they think they can up your value..

tell them no.

Up my value? I'd tell them to up theirs.

11 posted on 07/08/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: CGASMIA68

They lowered the value of my house by $1,500,,, but they raised the value of my small town, small lot by $10,000.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: CGASMIA68

I am trying to get the wife to let me tar paper the outside. Fat chance of that.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 12:48:52 PM PDT by sopwith (LIVE FREE OR DIE)
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To: cableguymn

They probably want to see if you finished your basement or added a bathroom. Tell ‘em “no”, if you can.


14 posted on 07/08/2014 12:51:45 PM PDT by expat2
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To: expat2

OTOH, if they have overvalued your home - then let them in to see that there is no finished basement or added basement.

If a homeowner is protesting his tax value, then any “failure to cooperate” is a deal breaker. The appraisal office will reject the tprotest and likely RAISE the value.


15 posted on 07/08/2014 12:56:57 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: PizzaTheHut

It may vary by state and jurisdiction, but where I live (in Pennsylvania), assessors only have the right to examine the exterior of the property. You may allow them inside, but you are not required to do so.


16 posted on 07/08/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT by stremba
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To: PizzaTheHut

An appraiser who tried this nonsense in Texas would get shot.

Surely they require a search warrant & probable cause?


17 posted on 07/08/2014 1:03:25 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: PizzaTheHut

I have not heard of that. I would not let them in my house. They can do the tax assessment by looking at the exterior of the improvements and the lot. That’s all they need.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 1:09:02 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

In TX my appraisals were always done in the appraiser’s office. They did not even come out to the house and we always got a ‘break’ on the assessment. ;-)


19 posted on 07/08/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: PizzaTheHut

You have a right to refuse them entry. They can walk around and measure your home, look in windows and doors but you do not have to let them in.
Be advised that if they don’t have access to your home they can guesstimate it’s worth.
If you have a clean and tidy home you will be assessed more. If your home is cluttered it will be assessed for less. Assessors are not supposed to take into consideration the furniture, valuables or maybe antiques or designer furniture but as a human they do. If it looks good it’s worth more.
But you do not have to let them in and it’s a crap shoot with your assessed taxes


20 posted on 07/08/2014 1:13:26 PM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: 1Old Pro
yep, land don’t vote.

Land value should be the only thing they tax, IMO.

Why should someone that improves the appearance of their home or improves a plot or improves anything on a piece of land be penalized for it with very much higher taxes?

Detroit is the perfect example of what happens when the physical expression of civilization is taxed into oblivion (not to mention taxing the human expression of civilization with income taxes).

21 posted on 07/08/2014 1:13:58 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: PizzaTheHut
It happened to me when I refinanced earlier this year. They said it was some new mortgage regulation from Obama. Wanted to make sure that the property really existed and was livable.

-PJ

22 posted on 07/08/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

An appraiser needs access to the inside of the house to asses any improvements made to he interior. Upgrades add value. Do you want an accurate appraisal or don’t you? He isn’t there to snoop.


23 posted on 07/08/2014 1:16:33 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: freerepublicchat

Property possession shouldn’t be taxed, period.
This infringes on your unalienable right to property, because they can simply take it from you if you can’t pay the tribute every year.

A head tax is the only justifiable tax.


24 posted on 07/08/2014 1:16:58 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: PizzaTheHut

I live on Long Island (NY) and once I had two guys from the town knock on my door and ask me for permission to enter my house for an inspection and I politely refused. I had just made some upgrades and I didn’t feel like being “punished” for it.

Well, they said, “We are allowed to come in,” to which I responded, “Show me a warrant.” They said that they didn’t have one but could come back with one. I encouraged them to, “Go for it.”

It’s been 12 years and they haven’t been back yet.


25 posted on 07/08/2014 1:18:54 PM PDT by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
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To: Wiser now

An appraiser needs access to the inside of the house to asses any improvements made to he interior. Upgrades add value. Do you want an accurate appraisal or don’t you? He isn’t there to snoop.


Yes he IS there to snoop..

I don’t recall the OP mentioning any permits pulled for improvements.

And this is not an appraisal for the sale of the home. it’s an appraisal for the taxable value of the home, something they almost always inflate way past market value.


26 posted on 07/08/2014 1:22:14 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: freerepublicchat
Why should someone that improves the appearance of their home or improves a plot or improves anything on a piece of land be penalized for it with very much higher taxes?

 

Good question. And on the other hand, why should someone who has let their property decline and depreciate get by with a lower assessment? They should be taxed as if their property was in good condition.

27 posted on 07/08/2014 1:30:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: PizzaTheHut
There is going to be a contracted agency to visit all 21,000+ plus homes in my town.

Perhaps it is time to organize petitions, protests and a healthy citizen turnout at town board meetings. They are wasting your money in order to get even more of your money. Just a thought.

28 posted on 07/08/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

I have never heard of anything like this.

Looks like its SOP in your state...but it strikes me as crazy.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: PizzaTheHut

Yes, but we don’t have to let them in.


30 posted on 07/08/2014 1:49:36 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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(b) (1) Commencing October 1, 2006, each town shall implement a revaluation not later than the first day of October that follows, by five years, the October first assessment date on which the town's previous revaluation became effective, provided, a town that opted to defer a revaluation, pursuant to section 12-62l, shall implement a revaluation not later than the first day of October that follows, by five years, the October first assessment date on which the town's deferred revaluation became effective. The town shall use assessments derived from each such revaluation for the purpose of levying property taxes for the assessment year in which such revaluation is effective and for each assessment year that follows until the ensuing revaluation becomes effective.

(2) When conducting a revaluation, an assessor shall use generally accepted mass appraisal methods which may include, but need not be limited to, the market sales comparison approach to value, the cost approach to value and the income approach to value. Prior to the completion of each revaluation, the assessor shall conduct a field review. Except in a town that has a single assessor, the members of the board of assessors shall approve, by majority vote, all valuations established for a revaluation.

(3) An assessor, member of an assessor's staff or person designated by an assessor may, at any time, fully inspect any parcel of improved real property in order to ascertain or verify the accuracy of data listed on the assessor's property record for such parcel. Except as provided in subdivision (4) of this subsection, the assessor shall fully inspect each such parcel once in every ten assessment years, provided, if the full inspection of any such parcel occurred in an assessment year preceding that commencing October 1, 1996, the assessor shall fully inspect such parcel not later than the first day of October of 2009, and shall thereafter fully inspect such parcel in accordance with this section. Nothing in this subsection shall require the assessor to fully inspect all of a town's improved real property parcels in the same assessment year and in no case shall an assessor be required to fully inspect any such parcel more than once during every ten assessment years.

(4) An assessor may, at any time during the period in which a full inspection of each improved parcel of real property is required, send a questionnaire to the owner of such parcel to (A) obtain information concerning the property's acquisition, and (B) obtain verification of the accuracy of data listed on the assessor's property record for such parcel. An assessor shall develop and institute a quality assurance program with respect to responses received to such questionnaires. If satisfied with the results of said program concerning such questionnaires, the assessor may fully inspect only those parcels of improved real property for which satisfactory verification of data listed on the assessor's property record has not been obtained and is otherwise unavailable. The full inspection requirement in subdivision (3) of this subsection shall not apply to any parcel of improved real property for which the assessor obtains satisfactory verification of data listed on the assessor's property record.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap203.htm

31 posted on 07/08/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: stremba

Thanks for the post stremba, I am in Pa as well. Just got a school tax bill for over $5100.


32 posted on 07/08/2014 2:00:48 PM PDT by jimbug
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To: PizzaTheHut

Many cities will ask - but your not required to allow them inside. However, if you don’t allow them then many will assess at the highest rate assuming all the bells and whistles.


33 posted on 07/08/2014 2:05:25 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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I didn't let them inside.

Many who did received a higher assessment.
34 posted on 07/08/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: PizzaTheHut

This was considered in Houston about 25 years ago. Everything inside subject to property tax, including clothing. That went nowhere.


35 posted on 07/08/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: PizzaTheHut
I don't live far from you. My town (not Fairfield) contracted with some place to not only inspect but to photograph the inside of my house.

I told them no, they could not enter. I accompanied them on their inspection and only allowed them to look at the house from outside (I work from home). I did not allow them anywhere near windows. I refused to allow them to video anything.

Did the same thing with the census takers. Didn't give them information I thought was none of their business.

FReegards!

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36 posted on 07/08/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: PizzaTheHut

God Bless TEXAS!!!!


37 posted on 07/08/2014 2:17:45 PM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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To: cableguymn

It looks like we live in a third world country!


38 posted on 07/08/2014 2:23:10 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Durus

They can always ask and you can always decline. Then look at your assessment to make sure they didn’t click marble floors and waterfalls.


39 posted on 07/08/2014 2:24:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: PizzaTheHut
I guess it's no big deal, but what actual right do they have to enter my home?

Where did you get the idea that it's "your" house?

It's their house. They want to inspect their property.

End of story.

40 posted on 07/08/2014 2:38:50 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Wiser now
An appraiser needs access to the inside of the house to asses any improvements made to he interior. Upgrades add value. Do you want an accurate appraisal or don’t you? He isn’t there to snoop.

My, you're well-trained.

41 posted on 07/08/2014 2:44:57 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: PizzaTheHut

The county assessor came out and I was home when he knocked on the door. He explained that I didn’t have to let him in but he could better value my property of I did. I let him in, gave him a refreshment and let him have the run of the place. He was quick and didn’t poke around. I’m thinking because of my cooperation he dropped it a bit for taxes.


42 posted on 07/08/2014 2:46:33 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: cableguymn
Yes he IS there to snoop..

Did you read the linked .shove website? DIGITAL records (photos!!!).

Ummmmmmmmm - nope.

43 posted on 07/08/2014 2:46:59 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: MrB
Property possession shouldn’t be taxed, period. This infringes on your unalienable right to property, because they can simply take it from you if you can’t pay the tribute every year.

That's sort moot point though. Defense of property takes money. If you don't pay, then you lose it to your own government or you lose it to some other government.

Yelling "you can take it!" doesn't really accomplish much.

It's a bit like the draft during war. You can tell your own government that they have no right to force you to fight. But if you don't help your government in the common defense, you'll be drafted by the other side and put in a camp, or killed.

44 posted on 07/08/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: Responsibility2nd
Good question. And on the other hand, why should someone who has let their property decline and depreciate get by with a lower assessment? They should be taxed as if their property was in good condition.

That's what makes a tax on land so nice. Any general improvements made in the area raise the value of all land in the area.

45 posted on 07/08/2014 2:50:00 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: Wiser now

The hell you say! He won’t miss that large gun safe or one years worth of food or 1000 gal. of water. And if you don’t think in the next two weeks the chief of police, fire captain and council will not know everything you are just stupid. Small towns everyone is a snoop!


46 posted on 07/08/2014 2:52:33 PM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: PizzaTheHut
They came to my house about 4 weeks ago, wanting to inspect the interior. My husband was home and asked “ whats in that for me? What do I get out of this?” The assessor made some lame excuse about insurance issues. My husband refused entry , so the assessor asked a few questions about the house. They had got the wrong amount of bedrooms in our house- they thought we had 4 bedrooms instead of 3. I just got my assessment in the mail, our value remained relatively unchanged. All my neighbors refused to have a home inspection. Never let an agent of the state in your home. Nothing good will come out of it.
47 posted on 07/08/2014 2:53:06 PM PDT by kaila
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To: expat2

I had a new hot water heater installed a few years ago. The plumber came, installed, and left. He pulled a permit; standard operating procedure.

The building dept. hounded me for almost a year. They wanted to “inspect” the installation.

BS

They wanted to see if I had improved my basement.

I hadn’t.

It’s still a mess.


48 posted on 07/08/2014 3:00:49 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler
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To: Responsibility2nd

i didn’t see he was protesting. If so, then you are correct. He should, in that case, do some reverse staging. Get one or two crappy pieces of furniture, and ask his neighbor to leave messy items in his yard :>)


49 posted on 07/08/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT by expat2
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To: PizzaTheHut
That's weird. I reviewed your linked document and didn't see "Right of the Lord" anywhere in there.

Maybe that's for next year...

50 posted on 07/08/2014 3:03:30 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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