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Quick Tip: Search FY2013 Real Estate Assessments

by Amber De Angelis

Property owners:  Concerned your property  tax might be higher than it should be?

Renters:  Concerned your rent might increase for your next rental period?

Check the assessment for your apartment, building, or property. Each year an assessor calculates the value of a property.  That value, along with the tax rate, determines the amount of taxes owed. Renters, your landlord may raise the rent if the property’s assessment value has increased significantly.

Are you concerned that your property may be overvalued relative to your neighbors? If  you think your property was valued too high, you may file for an abatement.  Learn how to do it here.

To view the assessment for your Boston property click here and follow these instructions:

  • Enter at least a street name in the search form. Hit Enter.
  • Find your building or unit in the search results
  • Click view details

The valuation history will be on the right hand side of the page.

  • At the bottom of the page click View Quarterly Tax Bill and Payment Information for this parcel for FY2012 and FY2013.

This will show you the total amount you or your landlord owes.

 

NOTE: If you rent, your apartment may have its own assessment.  For example, if you live in a multifamily home your apartment could be classified as a condo instead.  Likewise a multi-unit building  building may be assessed as one property rather than as multiple units.

Many cities and towns have their assessment information online.  Here are other tax assessor databases from towns in the area:

 

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