New Property Tax Decline-in-Value Filing

Owners of Palos Verdes real estate who  purchased a home after July 1, 2003, may have seen a decline in value in which case they may apply to the Los Angeles County Tax Assessor for a reduction in property taxes. Below is a new posting from the Assessor’s website:

“Effective January 1, 2010 there are two significant changes in the filing process for decline-in-value reviews.

  1. The new filing period will be from June 1 through November 30, 2010.
  2. The property owner or authorized agent will be able to submit a request for a decline-in-value review online.”

Property owners may check the LA Tax Assessor’s website after March 1, 2010 to see if their home was one of the hundreds of thousands of homes included in the proactive  review by the Assessor.   The results of that review will be posted by June 30th.  If your home was not listed and you feel you have experienced a decline in value, you may apply after June 1, 2010 (and before November 30).   And applications may be done on-line which will be easier.

Last year, the property owner’s application had to show 3 comparable properties that sold between January 1 and March 30 which was tough for some homeowners as there generally are not as many closed sales in the first quarter  compared to the second or third quarter .   It will be interesting to see if the Assessor has the same requirements for 2010.  Click here to read entire article from Los Angeles County Tax Assessor’s website.

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