Nov 27, 2012Tax Certiorari & Condemnation Law
I sincerely hope that each of you and your possessions are safe. My home and cars were damaged by the rising waters but those things can be replaced. Many residential and business properties were physically damaged to a much greater extent. Since real estate tax assessments are based on market value, everyone should carefully evaluate any physical damage. Simple concise reports should be made directly to the Assessor and hopefully appropriate adjustments will be made to the tax assessments. However, these reports do not take the place of formal complaints/grievances that must be filed in January for Nassau and New York City and in May for Suffolk properties. Separate complaints must be made for property that is also taxed by a Village. If the assessment is not lowered or a formal complaint is not filed in a timely manner, the taxes will not be reduced regardless of the damage to the property.