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Reassessment Appeal Tip

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | July 10, 2012

No. 876

Thank you Parker Brothers!

If the comparable sales listed by Assessment are fairly far away, search for lower comps close at hand. Start by looking at every property on the street where the subject property is located.  Then try cross streets.  This is tip is especially helpful when the comps are in a better neighborhood than the property under appeal.

The scheduling of the reassessments seems to be following the pattern of the original announcement.  For the most part (but not exclusively) the City properties were scheduled first, followed by the  Eastern suburbs. Nevertheless, there are plenty of exceptions.

Results have been coming back slowly also.

Several people who have received tax bills recently want to know if they can wait until the reassessment result before paying.  That would be nice, but it is not the case.  Pay now and after you get a decision, you can apply for a refund.  However, if you live in a place where the school district is opposing you at the hearing, you might wish to wait out the thirty day appeal period before asking for a refund.  You might remind them to appeal.




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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