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Reassessment 2012: Getting all of the information requires logging into two web pages.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 25, 2012

No. 799

The Allegheny County says that assessment numbers to be used in 2013 and comparable sales are now available on the County’s website, but only for City and Mt Oliver properties. Other areas will be posted in coming weeks.

To find values to be used in 2013, you must visit  “Court Ordered Reassessment Values”. You can get there by going to the Allegheny County web site (Google it) and following the links. Be aware that the 2012 value and the new 2013 value are displayed at the bottom of the page and you may have to scroll down to see it.

If you read the notice in the middle of the page, you will find a link for corrections of errors in the building information, such as the number of rooms,  bathrooms and other such factors. This can be done without an informal hearing, although it may be wise to check for changes periodically.  This may result in a change (hopefully a reduction) to the reassessment, but don’t count on it.  File a formal appeal anyway.  It can be withdrawn if you decide that you are satisfied with the value by the time of the hearing.

However, to find other information, primarily things that didn’t or shouldn’t change, such as the building information, photo, floor plan  etc., it is necessary to click on a link on the middle of the Court Ordered Reassessment page, which takes you to your previously-existing assessment page.

Complicated?  Yes.  Difficult to navigate?  Initially, yes. But if you have time and patience, you can probably work through it. Unfortunately, a spot check of random properties indicates there are still problems with some of the information. Some web pages are missing information or have not been fully updated.  The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the County says the problems are temporary and will soon be fixed.





CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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