Commercial Property Tax Appeals
Commercial property taxes in Allegheny County affect both the commercial property owners and their occupying tenants. High commercial property taxes mean less return on investment and higher rental leases to businesses. We help commercial property owners.
We have experience in the following types of commercial cases:
- Downtown Office Buildings
- Large Strip Malls / Shopping Malls
- Restaurants / Car Washes
- Car Dealerships
- Office Buldings
- Apartment Complexes
- Hotels /Motels
- Industrial Businesses
- Storage Facilities
- Manufacturing Plants
Commercial Property Tax Appeals in Allegheny County.
Commercial property owners in Allegheny County pay a substantial portion of the total property taxes paid. Higher property taxes means higher rents charged to tenants. Higher rents equal greater charges to everyone. Commercial property taxes in Allegheny County can be astronomical for small business owners.
We have had helped numerous commercial clients throughout Allegheny County (Pine, Hampton, Monroeville, Robinson, Pleasant hills, Sharpsburg, Northside, Downtown Pittsburgh). Manyof these clients have been small business owners with assessments less than 5 Million dollars. Some people may argue that if a property is worth millions of dollars that they can afford the property taxes. We believe the converse is true.
A building assessed at 4 million dollars is paying $120,000.00 dollars in property taxes per year ($10,000/month). With the mortgage, maintenance and expenses of a 4 million dollar building, rents have to be increased to the point where vacancies start to occur. Commercial property owners are forced into decisions where they can rent for less and lose money, or sell their commercial property.
We have seen this same scenario with apartment complexes assessed at $800,000.00 and shopping malls assessed at 27 million dollars (who were paying over a million dollars /year in just property taxes ($85,500.00/month)).
Commercial property taxes need to be reduced in Allegheny County as it is affecting both the property owners and the consumers.
How to Win Commercial Property Tax Appeals in Allegheny County.
The best way to win commercial property tax appeals in Allegheny County is to out-work and out-research the taxing entities. We have been successful in reducing commercial property taxes because we prepare every single property assessment case for trial.
Contrary to many school district lawyers, we are experienced Pennsylvania trial attorneys. We have extensive trial experience in many areas of the law outside of real estate. We believe being seasoned litigators is an advantage over the some of the school districts. It certainly helps in cross-examination of school district experts.
As a commercial property owner in Allegheny County, you cannot be afraid to litigate property assessment cases. We have access to excellent expert witnesses, and if you cannot obtain a fair settlement, then you need to be prepared to try your case.
Many commercial assessment appeals often come down to an opinion or battle of the experts. Therefore cross-examination of these experts can often win the entire assessment case. You need to make sure that if you hire legal counsel to reduce or defend your commercial assessment, that they have extensive experience cross-examining experts. We believe our litigation experience is an advantage to our commercial clients. If you have questions about your commercial property assessment, please call Attorney Noah Paul Fardo at 412.802.6666.
Read Our Latest Property Assessment Articles:
- Allegheny County Ignores Appeal Results & Sends Wrong Tax Bills.
- 2013 Allegheny County Assessment Updates
- Allegheny County Assessments News and Updates
- Judge Denies Request to Lower Assessments
- Should Commercial Property Owners Bypass the First Hearing?
- Status Update for Allegheny County Property Assessments
- Secrets to Winning Your 2013 Allegheny Tax Appeal
- RESULTS OF INFORMAL HEARINGS RELEASED
- Allegheny County Reassessment Update
- Will Legislation Stop the Reassessments?
- How to Defend 2012 & 2013 School Tax Appeals.
- “The Fix is In.” – Why 7/10 Are Under-Assessed.
- 3/4/12 – Attorney Fardo to Speak at Seminar on Tax Exemptions.
- 2/8/12 – Did Outsourcing Cause Allegheny County Assessment Chaos?
- 2/8/12 – Allegheny County 2012 Reassessment Update.
- 1/24/12 – Assessment Deadline for City Extended – Others Waiting.
- 1/23/12 – Allegheny County New Assessment Website is a NIGHTMARE for Taxpayers.
- 1/13/12 – VIDEO: Reassessment Update: “Appeal Now, Pay Later”.
- 1/10/12 – Judge Overrules Fitzgerald – Orders 2012 Assessments to Continue
- 1/6/12 – “Scent of a Fitzgerald” : Allegheny County Assessments.
“Noah, Stef and I would like to thank you for the efforts you and your law firm put into our tax appeal. As you know we lost the appeal twice before and really pretty much had given up, that is until your law firm got involved. Not only did you and your team take on our case but you also handled everything without much involvement from us (I really appreciated when you stopped by my house to pick up needed paperwork, unbelievably awesome!!). Thank you for not only winning our appeal and saving us thousands of dollars but for doing so with professionalism, integrity and trust that is not always easy to find nowadays.”
B.B.B. Ohio Township, PA
“Noah, thanks to you and your entire office for assisting with our property appeal. We are very pleased with the settlement outcome. Your advice and guidance throughout this issue was outstanding. I will be happy to recommend your services to other who I know are struggling with the appeals process. Look forward to updates to your blog as well!”
N & S P., Pittsburgh, PA
“When Allegheny county sent an official to visit my house to ask questions concerning my assessment, I was nervous and unsure of how to answer their harassment. I’m glad I immediately thought of you and called to see what my rights were. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of my questions and informing me of my legal rights to refuse them access to my house and land. Not only did you help to calm me down, you completely took over my assessment case and kept the assessors from harassing me. Most importantly, thank you for the thousand of dollars you saved me each year on taxes!!!”
P.R., Sewickley Heights, PA
Table of Contents for Allegheny County Property Assessments:
- Allegheny Property Assessments Home Page
- Residential Property Tax Appeals
- Defending School District Appeals
- Commercial Property Tax Appeals
- Allegheny County Property Assessment FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions).
- The History of Property Assessments in Allegheny County.
- Our Tax Appeal Results & Testimonials.
Free Online Property Assessment Consultation(responses within 24 hours)
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