Skip to comments.Is it common for property reassessments to include an interior inspection?
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?
they think they can up your value..
tell them no.
I’ve never had it happen to me in multiple homes...but then I don’t live in CT either.
Some towns do it, especially for commercial property, they want to count the deska and computers so they can assess you on each one.
If they see a gun safe they will put you an the list.
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
yep, land don’t vote.
They try to make you think you have to let them in, but you do not have to. At least here in N H .
They want to see if you made any improvements without pulling a permit. Tell them to pound sand.
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.
tell them no.
Up my value? I'd tell them to up theirs.
They lowered the value of my house by $1,500,,, but they raised the value of my small town, small lot by $10,000.
I am trying to get the wife to let me tar paper the outside. Fat chance of that.
They probably want to see if you finished your basement or added a bathroom. Tell ‘em “no”, if you can.
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.
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.
An appraiser who tried this nonsense in Texas would get shot.
Surely they require a search warrant & probable cause?
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.
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. ;-)
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