Does the Assessor have to be let into your home

The New York State Assessors' Association pamphlet, "Understanding Assessments and Property Taxes", states:

The Assessor has a right to go into your front door and seek admittance (Possibly he or she will only want to inspect the exterior of the house) but must leave the premises if asked to do so. Read more

How is Real Property assessed?

Before assessing any parcel of property, the assessor estimates its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for, in an open market, under normal conditions. To estimate market values, the assessor must be familiar with all aspects of the local real estate market. Read more

What kind of property is assessed?

The assessment roll shows assessments and appropriate exemptions. Every year the roll, with preliminary or tentative assessments, is made available for public inspection. After the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) has acted on assessment complaints and ordered any changes, the tentative assessment roll is made final. Read more

Can I change the name on my property?

The Treasurer's Office can make address corrections on delinquent tax records, and request the assessor to update address changes on the upcoming tax roll. However the owner name is established on the tax roll by the deed that was filed in the County Clerk’s Office. A change in owner’s name requires filing a document in the County Clerk’s Office or in Surrogate Court. The Assessor is the one that will then make the change on the tax roll.

I think my assessment is too high. Can you change it?

Contact your local assessor for the needed information and forms. You may locate your town assessors' contact information.

Where can I find information on the owner of a mobile home on a trailer park?

We do not have information on the owner of an individual mobile home in a trailer park. The owner of the park would be the person to contact about individual mobile home ownership.  In some cases the local assessor will have a mobile home park sheet filled out. This sheet may list the owners and the type of mobile home.

The Interactive Parcel Map would tell you the owner of the property.

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