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Will the Latest New Jersey Supreme Court Property Rights Decision Revive the Redevelopment Market?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
1 Apr 2015
Last week, a divided New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that condemning agencies do not have to prove that properties within an area “in need of redevelopment” have a deleterious effect on the surrounding area in order for those properties to be taken via eminent domain.  The 3-2 majority opinion, authored by Justice Barry Albin, concluded... Read More

Townsend v Pierre: Expert Opinion Fails Where Contrary to Undisputed Record Evidence

by: Joseph Grather
18 Mar 2015
The New Jersey Supreme Court decided Townsend v. Pierre on March 12, 2015.  It was not a condemnation case but is relevant to any civil litigation involving expert witnesses.  The case arose out of a terrible accident involving a motorcycle and an automobile.  The motorcycle t-boned the car and the motorcyclist died.  The decedent’s estate brought... Read More

Stick to the facts (but first, know them!)

by: Richard De Angelis
16 Mar 2015
In Gravers v. Scotch Plains Township, a residential tax appeal, we are reminded of the importance of hiring appraisers with experience in tax appeals and to ensure that they are familiar with the facts relevant to the subject property and the comparable property sales. Here – on appeal from a judgment of the County Board... Read More

Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Mar 2015
Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!. via Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!.... Read More

Drive-By Appraisals “Approved” in New York!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Mar 2015
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Drive-By Appraisals "Approved" in New York!

by: Joseph Grather
6 Mar 2015
Property owners have won a battle in a long simmering dispute in New York over pending real estate tax appeals.  The case was reported in the BuffaloNews.com.  In short, eight property owners with pending tax appeals against the City refused to let the City’s appraiser in their homes in connection with the preparation of the... Read More

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for West Orange Taxpayer

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Mar 2015
Last week, the Tax Court of New Jersey dismissed a multi-year tax appeal filed by a commercial property owner in the Township of West Orange that challenged the assessment on a retail property in that municipality, which assessment had been set by a town-wide revaluation in 2011.  The plaintiff WKJ Realty Co., Inc. relied upon... Read More

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for West Orange Taxpayer

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Mar 2015
Last week, the Tax Court of New Jersey dismissed a multi-year tax appeal filed by a commercial property owner in the Township of West Orange that challenged the assessment on a retail property in that municipality, which assessment had been set by a town-wide revaluation in 2011.  The plaintiff WKJ Realty Co., Inc. relied upon... Read More

North Carolina Court Finds "Map Act" Filing Equates to a "Taking"

by: Joseph Grather
23 Feb 2015
Under North Carolina statute, once the department of transportation files  a map depicting a future taking, “no building permit shall be issued for any building or structure or part thereof located within the transportation corridor, nor shall approval of a subdivision . . . be granted with respect to property within the transportation corridor.” N.C. Gen. Stat. § 136-44.51(a).... Read More

Contaminated property is worthless (almost)

by: Richard De Angelis
2 Feb 2015
In an opinion that has been approved for publication, the New Jersey Tax Court has ruled that for purposes of real property taxation, a heavily contaminated property warranted only a nominal assessment. In Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Township of Willingboro, the subject property is a small parcel improved with a 6,800 square foot concrete slab... Read More