Client Alert

Although this topic is not related to our mission at Med Law Blog, it is so important locally that we believe it necessary to post, and ask for your tolerance.

On December 27, 2011, Allegheny County mailed new 2012 property assessments to all residential properties within the City of Pittsburgh and the Borough of Mount Oliver. The overall increase in assessed value in the City of Pittsburgh was 46% for residential property owners. On December 30, 2011, Allegheny County issued new commercial assessments to all commercial properties in the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver.

If you own property within the City of Pittsburgh or the Borough of Mount Oliver, you should be familiar with two key deadlines for filing 2012 Allegheny County property assessment appeals. The deadline for filing informal appeals is January 13, 2012. The deadline for filing formal appeals is February 10, 2012.

Please remember that for City of Pittsburgh and Borough of Mt. Oliver property owners, if formal appeals are not filed by February 10, 2012, the right to challenge the assessed value for the year 2012 will be lost.

·       Informal appeals provide a property owner or representative the opportunity to submit information to a County official–without a City or School District representative present–indicating that the assessment is inaccurate.

·       Formal appeal hearings are conducted by Hearing Officers on behalf of the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review. A City or School District representative is likely to attend the formal appeal hearing and may present information to keep your new assessment unchanged. If you file an informal appeal and you do not have a decision by the February 10th formal appeal deadline, you should file a formal appeal to preserve your rights.

These deadlines affect only the City of Pittsburgh and the Borough of Mount Oliver properties. Properties in the remaining municipalities throughout Allegheny County will receive separate assessment notices with separate appeal deadlines. These assessments are expected to be issued at various times from January to May.

We have handled thousands of assessment hearings before the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals, and Review and have consistently obtained favorable results. If you have any questions or would like to discuss particular issues regarding the assessment appeals process, please feel free to contact any of the members of our Real Estate Group listed below:

Irv Firman          412-594-5557

John Vogel         412-594-5622

Gavin Robb     412-594-5654