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Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Mar 2015
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Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Mar 2015
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Drive-By Appraisals "Approved" in New York!

by: Joseph Grather
6 Mar 2015
Property owners have won a battle in a long simmering dispute in New York over pending real estate tax appeals.  The case was reported in the BuffaloNews.com.  In short, eight property owners with pending tax appeals against the City refused to let the City’s appraiser in their homes in connection with the preparation of the... Read More

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for West Orange Taxpayer

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Mar 2015
Last week, the Tax Court of New Jersey dismissed a multi-year tax appeal filed by a commercial property owner in the Township of West Orange that challenged the assessment on a retail property in that municipality, which assessment had been set by a town-wide revaluation in 2011.  The plaintiff WKJ Realty Co., Inc. relied upon... Read More

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for West Orange Taxpayer

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Mar 2015
Last week, the Tax Court of New Jersey dismissed a multi-year tax appeal filed by a commercial property owner in the Township of West Orange that challenged the assessment on a retail property in that municipality, which assessment had been set by a town-wide revaluation in 2011.  The plaintiff WKJ Realty Co., Inc. relied upon... Read More

North Carolina Court Finds "Map Act" Filing Equates to a "Taking"

by: Joseph Grather
23 Feb 2015
Under North Carolina statute, once the department of transportation files  a map depicting a future taking, “no building permit shall be issued for any building or structure or part thereof located within the transportation corridor, nor shall approval of a subdivision . . . be granted with respect to property within the transportation corridor.” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 136-44.51(a).... Read More

Contaminated property is worthless (almost)

by: Richard De Angelis
2 Feb 2015
In an opinion that has been approved for publication, the New Jersey Tax Court has ruled that for purposes of real property taxation, a heavily contaminated property warranted only a nominal assessment. In Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Township of Willingboro, the subject property is a small parcel improved with a 6,800 square foot concrete slab... Read More

Griepenburg v Township of Ocean: Inverse Claim Denied For Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies

by: Joseph Grather
26 Jan 2015
Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided a case brought by property owners to challenge a municipal ordinance that “down-zoned” their property. (A full copy of the decision is here).  The property owners lost before the trial court, won before the Appellate Division, but lost in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held:  “We... Read More

Presumptions Foil Municipality

by: Richard De Angelis
19 Jan 2015
In another case where a municipality took an appeal to trial and rested on the assessment, the strategy backfired as the tax court ruled in favor of the taxpayer. We have written before (Township Punts, Loses at Trial and on Appeal) about municipalities forcing an appeal to trial only to rest on the presumption of correctness. ... Read More

Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways: Is there a Santa Claus in Virginia?

by: Joseph Grather
12 Jan 2015
Coming to you from Virginia – care of our Owner’s Counsel colleague Robert Thomas – is the case of Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways, which involves Virginia DOT’s attempt to change its valuation position at trial. Thomas’ Blog entry here.  In a nutshell, DOT offered the owner $246,292 before trial (based on an appraisal prepared by... Read More