Homeowners have to pay attention to their property assessments–they can increase (or decrease!) the amount of your mortgage payment if your principle, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) are included in your payment. If your PITI isn’t included in your mortgage payment, the amount of your twice yearly tax bill will increase. As a homeowner you have the right to appeal the amount of money the county thinks your property is worth.
If you live in Orange County, you should have received your property assessment in July. If your assessment was beige, it means your property value is higher than it was at the time of the last assessment (January 1 of this year). If your assessment was green, that means your property value is lower than the January 1 assessment. If you disagree with your assessment you can appeal your Orange County property assessment.
You have about one month left to file an appeal for your Orange County property assessment–they are due on Monday, September 16th.
1. Fill out the e-form to file an assessment appeal before September 16th.
2. Find the frequently asked questions about the appeals process here. You’ll have to hand carry it into the Clerk of the Board office.
3. Wait for word about your hearing date from the OC Clerk of the Board.
4. Prepare for your hearing by watching the Powerpoint presentation and viewing other resources available from the OC Clerk of the Board website.
Good luck with your appeal!