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Allegheny County Reassessments - Final Informal Decisions

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Many of the nearly 69,000 Allegheny County property owners who requested informal appeals as a result of the $11 million court-ordered real-estate revaluation are still waiting on decisions from their hearings. These decisions could have a considerable impact on County property owners moving forward into the formal appeal proceedings. Approximately 47% of property owners who filed informal appeals were awarded a reduction in their assessed value, though some of these homeowners will see less than $10,000 shaved off of their tax bills. As a result, some of the 100,000-plus property owners who filed formal appeals may drop their challenges. Many property owners, however, will not receive a favorable decision. To be sure, half of of the informal appeals resulted in no change at all to the value of their property and three (3) percent even saw an increase in their assessed value. For these individuals, a special appeal may represent the best opportunity to effectively dispute their reassessment. Whether you have already filed a formal appeal, received unfavorable informal results, or missed the April 2nd deadline and would like to file a late appeal, the Kisner Law Firm may be able to help you.

Presenting Your Best Case

The Kisner Law Firm is already representing hundreds of owners across Allegheny County. Our firm uses professional-level real estate tools including a real estate database powered by RealSTATs that allows us to analyze any property in Allegheny County by looking at the statistical information and comparable sales data. This methodology allows us to present the best possible case at your appeal.

Filing A Late Formal Appeal

While the deadline to file an appeal for the 2013 reassessed values has already passed, it may not be too late to get your appeal filed. In late August, Judge R. Stanton Wettick is hearing Motions to file late appeals. Following the procedures prescribed by the County, Kisner Law Firm can step in immediately on your behalf and represent your interests before both Judge Wettick and the Review Board. The experience and professional services offered by Kisner Law Firm can greatly increase the likelihood that your late appeal will be accepted. Don't miss out on the last opportunity of the year to save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, in real estate taxes.

Kisner Law Firm

The Kisner Law Firm can step in at any time to provide representation, even if you have already had your formal hearing. When the hearing date or court date (for Board of Viewer appeals) arrives, you don't even need to attend. For a low flat fee, we will take care of everything for you at the formal hearing and even at the Board of Viewers (if necessary). We need at least one week notice so we can fully prepare. The Kisner Law Firm can provide you with a free evaluation of your case and the kind of evidence we can put together for your appeal. Contact the Kisner Law Firm today for an evaluation of your case so you can win the fight to lower your real estate taxes.

Status of Formal Assessment Appeals in Allegheny County

Pillars.jpgA lot has happened with the Allegheny County assessment appeals, but what is the status now? The deadline to file an appeal for the 2013 reassessed values was April 2, and many property owners elected to file appeals. Now, those property owners may be wondering how soon their appeals will be scheduled and how long this process will take before it is all over.

Record number of appeals filed

The media coverage shows how controversial the recent reassessment was. In fact, the Allegheny Office of Property Assessments reports that in total, 134,725 formal appeals were filed. Of those, only 22,361 had been entered into the system and only 2,227 had been scheduled as of early May. This printout directly from the county (PDF) shows the current status of the formal appeals.

Long-time residents of Allegheny County remember the last county-wide reassessment which was held in 2002. In that year, 92,920 appeals were filed. The total number filed challenging the 2013 reassessment represents an increase of about 45%. In a typical year (one without a county-wide reassessment), the county usually only receives a few thousand appeals.

Anticipated schedule for formal hearings

Given the unprecedented number of appeals filed, it is difficult to predict what the schedule will look like for the rest of the year. In a typical year, the deadline to file appeals is March 31 and most hearings are completed over the summer. This year, the hearings will likely stretch well into the fall months.

In our experience, the county staff has been very friendly and helpful, despite the fact that they are very busy with such a large number of appeals. The employees there are doing the best they can with limited resources. It may take the county some time to enter the rest of the thousands of appeals filed. In the past month, they have been able to process 16.5% and schedule 1.6%. Most owners who filed appeals will have to wait several more weeks at least before learning when their appeal hearings will be scheduled.

Consider legal representation

If you are among the property owners who filed a appeals and are waiting for a hearing to be scheduled, you should consider retaining an attorney to represent you. An experienced real estate attorney will help you avoid the most common mistakes and help you put together the strongest possible case for the lowest possible assessed value.

You are not required to have an attorney to appeal your property assessment, but there are many advantages of having one. If you choose to represent yourself at the formal hearing without being properly prepared, be advised that the assessed value for your home may actually increase as a result of the hearing.

The Kisner Law Firm

The Kisner Law Firm is already representing hundreds of owners across Allegheny County, and we can step in at any time up until your hearing if you have one coming up. We need at least one week notice before the hearing date so we can fully prepare. When the hearing date arrives, you don't even need to attend. For a low flat fee, we will take care of everything for you at the informal and formal hearings, and even at the Board of Viewers (if necessary). The Kisner Law Firm can provide you with a free evaluation of your case and the kind of evidence we can put together for your appeal. Our firm uses professional-level real estate tools including a real estate database powered by RealSTATs that allows us to analyze any property in Allegheny County by looking at the statistical information and comparable sales data. Contact the Kisner Law Firm today for an evaluation of your case so you can win the fight to lower your real estate taxes.

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