Property Tax Assessment
Real estate tax certiorari is the legal process by which a property owner can challenge the real estate tax assessment on a given property to attempt to reduce the property’s assessment, and as a result, its real estate taxes.
VanDeWater & VanDeWater LLP is one of the preeminent law firms in the area of real property tax assessment, abatement and exemption matters. Whether the case involves large retail, big-box, commercial, office, or restaurant, chances are we have seen it before. Our experience in this area of the law is extensive including not only matters of valuation but also exemptions and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs)
Our attorneys have appeared in courts throughout the State and have argued before the State’s highest court the New York Court of Appeals.
We have years of experience in the negotiation, trial and appeal of property tax matters.
VanDeWater & VanDeWater, LLP enjoys an excellent reputation among the certiorari bar as is evidenced by its prominence in the field of tax certiorari.
Van DeWater and Van DeWater LLP has extensively represented both high profile commercial clients and individual residents in real estate tax certiorari and exemption matters.
Our litigators have successfully defended actions ranging from the main IBM plant in Poughkeepsie to the South Hills Mall. We have also had positive results for a variety of other commercial clients including apartment complexes, nursing homes, office buildings, motels, mobile home parks, as well as light and heavy manufacturing plants.
We have litigated many exemption cases and condemnation proceedings. In addition, we have been involved in equalization rate protests with the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS), whose mission is to lead the State’s efforts to support local governments in their pursuit of real property tax equity.
The firm also prides itself in working closely with town assessors and boards of assessment review.