As a property owner in Ohio, it’s important to know your rights when it comes to contesting the county’s valuation of your real estate. However, many property owners make mistakes that can hurt their chances of success at the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals. In this post, we will take a look at the top 10 mistakes Ohio property owners make when contesting their property’s valuation, and provide tips on how to avoid them.

Top 10 Mistakes and Tips for Ohio Property Owners

Not gathering enough evidence to support their case.

It is important for property owners to provide the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals with a substantial amount of evidence to support their claim that the county’s valuation of their property is too high. This can include information such as comparable sales, property inspections, and other documentation that supports their position.

Not being prepared for the hearing.

Property owners should prepare to present their case to the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals. This entails being knowledgeable about relevant laws and regulations, organizing and readily accessing all evidence, and being ready to respond to any inquiries.

Not understanding the appeals process.

Property owners should be familiar with the steps involved in the appeals process. This includes the deadlines for filing an appeal, the types of evidence that are required, and the procedures that will be followed during the hearing.

Not hiring an attorney.

Although hiring an attorney for the appeals process is not mandatory, it often benefits property owners. An attorney can help property owners navigate the legal system, gather evidence, and make the best case possible in front of the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals.

Not presenting their case clearly and concisely.

Property owners should be able to present their case in a clear and concise manner. They should highlight the reasons why they believe the county’s valuation of their property is too high and providing evidence to support their position.

Not staying within the scope of the hearing.

During the hearing, property owners must focus solely on contesting the county’s property valuation and avoid bringing up irrelevant issues or complaints.

Not being respectful and professional.

Property owners should be respectful and professional during the hearing, avoiding any personal attacks or outbursts that may harm their case.

Not providing enough detail.

Property owners should provide as much detail as possible in their evidence and testimony, including specific comparable sales, property inspections and any data that support their case.

Not challenging the county’s evidence.

Property owners should not be afraid to challenge the county’s evidence, pointing out any errors or inconsistencies that may weaken their case.

Not following up after the hearing.

After the hearing, they should contact the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals to confirm their case’s processing and learn the appeal’s result.

Final Thoughts.

In summary, contesting a property’s valuation effectively requires property owners to be informed, organized, and respectful at the Board of Revision or Board of Tax Appeals hearings. By avoiding these common mistakes, property owners can increase their chances of successfully reducing their property taxes. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that property owners should have a good knowledge of the county’s laws, regulations and the appeals process. It is also advisable to consult with an attorney if you are not sure about any step in the process. Contact Brenden Kelley Law today at 216-644-3359 to discuss how we can help you contest your property valuation.

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Explore our other Blog Posts for Property Owners. Navigating Unfavorable Property Tax Assessments: How to Appeal and Why You Need an Attorney. Unlock the Secrets to Lowering Your Cuyahoga County Property Taxes. Navigating a Hearing at a County Board of Revision in Ohio: What to Expect for Your Property Tax Complaint.

Additional Resources: Understanding Property Taxes in Ohio provides an in-depth look at how property taxes work in Ohio. Board of Revision Filing Guide – Cuyahoga County’s BOR page offers a step-by-step guide on filing a property tax complaint.