BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Secretly Recorded Phone Conversation Fails to Support New Trial Claim

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
17 Jun 2014
A very routine tax appeal trial took a very unusual turn after entry of judgment in the matter. Plaintiff filed a tax appeal on his single family home in Barnegat Township before the Ocean County Board of Taxation, which reduced his assessment from $300,000 to $283,000. Plaintiff then appealed to the Tax Court challenging the... Read More

A Tale of Two Cities . . . Wanting to Tax the Same Property

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Jun 2014
In a recent appeal, the property owner – a condominium association – filed a tax appeal for its property which straddles the municipal boundaries of South Orange and Maplewood. The condominiums are located on the Maplewood side of the boundary line, and a 1.46 acre parcel containing a driveway, shrubbery, and plantings are located on... Read More

Tax Court: Town’s Assessment of Beach Property is a “Lot” of Baloney!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Jun 2014
A recent decision by New Jersey Tax Court Presiding Judge Patrick DeAlmeida, highlighted the lack of credibility of a creative valuation approach by the Borough of Bay Head.  The appeal concerned a large single family residence with ocean views, for which scant comparable sales evidence existed due to the unique nature of the 5,000 square... Read More

To Conquer, Taxpayer Must Divide

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
27 May 2014
A New Jersey appellate court recently affirmed the decision of Presiding Tax Court Judge Patrick DeAlmeida, in which the Tax Court affirmed multi-year assessments on six commercial condominium units owned by the same party.  The units were located in a five-story building in the Township of Lyndhurst, all of which were owned by the taxpayer,... Read More

Harrison’s defense denies Red Bulls for a third time

by: Richard De Angelis
23 May 2014
The owner of Red Bull Arena is unable to break through Harrison’s defense in its pursuit of a property tax exemption for its arena that is home to the New York Red Bulls Soccer Club. In two separate 2012 opinions dealing with the 2010 (see Red Card for Red Bull Soccer Stadium) and 2011 (see Red... Read More

A Taxpayer’s Burden

by: Richard De Angelis
2 May 2014
In Hertrich v. Township of Middletown, a copy of which may be found here, the plaintiff challenged the assessments for tax years 2009 through 2013 on Chevrolet car dealership located on Route 35 in Middletown. While the appraisal experts for the plaintiff and the defendant agreed that the optimal size of an automobile dealership is... Read More

No Relief for Castle on the Sand

by: Richard De Angelis
24 Apr 2014
In this appeal challenging the assessment of an 8,772 sf residence on nearly 2 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with 8 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, solarium, salon, billiard room, exercise room, limestone patios, a pool and two pool houses, the New Jersey Tax Court found that the owner lacked one thing: credible... Read More

Tax Court Requires Inspection Despite Owner’s Prior Protests

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
21 Apr 2014
The discovery rules for residential tax appeals in New Jersey are very simple. Basically, the municipality must provide a property record card, and the home owner must permit an inspection of the property, and provide a closing statement if there has been a sale within the past three years, any income and expense information is... Read More

Limited sales data and lack of reasonable adjustments does not doom plaintiff’s appeal

by: Richard De Angelis
18 Apr 2014
In this appeal, Belview Crossing v. Lopatcong Twp., the court considered a challenge to the assessments on 32 vacant building lots. The Township of Lopatcong did not submit any affirmative proofs, but instead, it rested on the assessment, meaning that it relied on the doctrine under the law that all assessments are presumed to be valid. Under... Read More

Comparable Sales From Neighboring Town Not Persuasive Evidence

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
1 Apr 2014
A Tax Court judge affirmed a property owner’s assessment because the owner only provided comparable sales information from a neighboring municipality without demonstrating how the real estate markets in the two municipalities were either alike or different.  Specifically, the property owner presented four comparable sales from neighboring Ocean Township, which was “six steps” away from... Read More