Tax Court to Tax Assessors: Time to Choose a Side!
A recent opinion by New Jersey Tax Court Mala Sundar, approved for publication, may force at least some of New Jersey’s municipal tax assessors to change the way they do business. The case, decided April 2, 2019, involved a motion by the Township of Hazlet to bar a property owner’s appraisal expert because that expert... Read More
Single Family Residence, Not Permitted By Local Zoning, Granted Exemption By Tax Court
A single family residence in Mahwah Township was recently granted a summary judgment, holding it exempt from property taxation pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6. The plaintiff, Chai Lifeline, Inc. owns a single family home in Mahwah used as a retreat to assist families with children suffering from terminal, life-threatening or other serious illnesses. The property includes... Read More
Property Tax: Does “Mere Retrofitting or Upgrading” Trigger an Added Assessment?
Judge Vito Bianco, pursuant to R. 2:5-6(c), filed an amplification letter expanding on his reasons for deciding to grant plaintiff, Plaza Twenty Three Station, LLC’s (“Plaza”) motion for summary judgment for tax year 2017 and denied its motion for summary judgment for tax year 2018. Plaza’s motion was to invalidate a 2017 added assessment imposed... Read More
App. Div. To Condemnors: Is This Really Necessary?
A recent New Jersey Appellate Division case focused upon the showing of necessity that a municipality or agency must make to condemn property located in a redevelopment zone and take it from its owners. The panel reversed the trial court’s decision allowing the Borough of Glassboro (“Borough”) to acquire Defendant’s (Jack Grossman, Matthew Roche and... Read More
Specificity is Key When Comparing Hotels
In this matter, Ridgefield Park Lodging Associates (“RPLA”) challenged its 2009 added assessment and 2010 and 2011 property tax assessments. The subject property is improved with a 76,858 square foot Hilton Garden Inn hotel. The Village of Ridgefield Park (“VRP”) counterclaimed that the current assessments were lower than the true value of property. RPLA withdrew... Read More
Which (Valuation Method) Do You Choose?
In a January 11 decision, the New Jersey Tax Court affirmed taxpayer Ortiz’s property tax assessment for years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ortiz challenged the assessment of their 2-story colonial-style, single family residence situated on .91 acre of land with a gross living area of approximately 10,346 square feet with an attached accessory dwelling... Read More
The Freeze Act: Waiver and Change in Value
The Tax Court recently addressed issues regarding waiver of the Freeze Act (N.J.S.A. 54:51A-8) as well as differences between an increase in value for Freeze Act purposes and what constitutes an added assessment. The taxpayer, 160 Chubb Properties, LLC (“Chubb”), argued it was entitled to Freeze Act application for the 2017 tax year while Township... Read More
Appraisers Beware: Use Competent Data!
In a recent Tax Court decision, Judge Kathi Fiamingo affirmed the Burlington County Board of Taxation’s judgment of a 2017 assessment of a single family residence where plaintiff’s expert did not present credible and competent evidence from which a true value could be adduced. When presenting evidence in a real estate tax appeal in New... Read More
5 Things You May Not Have Known About Eminent Domain
A Property’s Value Isn’t Restricted to Its Current Usage If the government wants to take your property, it is obligated to provide you with “just compensation”. Just compensation is usually defined as the amount of money that would make the property owner whole by indemnifying the owner for the loss resulting from the taking of... Read More
How to Appeal Your New Jersey Property Tax Assessment
Property owners in New Jersey typically receive their final tax bills each year in July or August. This causes many to evaluate their property tax burden and to determine if they can save money by filing a property tax appeal. Although many property owners may believe that their property tax assessments are set in stone,... Read More