• Deadline Fast Approaching: Board of Revision Complaints
  • March 14, 2013 | Author: John W. Waldeck
  • Law Firm: Walter & Haverfield LLP - Cleveland Office
  • Because March 31st falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline for filing Board of Revision Complaints to lower or increase the value of real property for tax year 2012 is the close of business for your county on Monday, April 1, 2013. (Caution: While the deadline is supposed to be uniform across the state, your county may be doing things differently - so call ahead!) Since 2012 was a reappraisal year in Cuyahoga County, it is very possible that you have something to complain about! Filing the Complaint in person with the Board of Revision is the best way to ensure that the deadline has been met. Mail may be used as well, but the tight timeframe and the possibility that your mail item may not get there increases the risk that you could miss the filing deadline. If the Complaint represents an important financial claim for you, filing in person is your best bet. We can assist you with such filings.

    Please follow the links below for your County's website and form (although this is a statewide form, counties often identify them with the county name and with varying levels of instructions). You will note that:

    • the form needs to be notarized;
    • If the property is owned by a corporation or trust, the person signing on behalf of the entity must indicate his or her capacity as an officer or trustee.
    • If the owner is a partnership, limited partnership or limited liability company, it is best to retain your attorney to help you, including the signing of the Complaint by your attorney. Absent an attorney's signature on the Complaint, there is a chance that the Complaint will be dismissed.

    Finally, if you do choose to go ahead with a Complaint, please be very careful to fill out the form properly and correctly with all required information. For example, incorrectly naming the property owner may be grounds for dismissing the Complaint. Do not rely on your tax bill for the correct name of the property owner. Look at your deed, the County Recorder's website, or other records to ensure that you get it right, including the correct designation at the end of an entity name such as "Corp.," "LLC," "Ltd.," and "Limited Partnership."