Questions about Tax Assessors

  1. After working nights I was awakened this morning by 2 men measuring the outside of my house. When I confronted them and inquired as to who they were and what they were doing they identified themselves as tax assessors. I informed them that they awakened me and I would appreciate it if they came back another day. They started to ask more questions about how many bathrooms, bedrooms, what kind of heat we use...I just closed the door and went back inside figuring if they were going to ignore my request to leave, I could ignore their questions.
    Do they have the right to just start walking around the house unannounced?
    In this situation, did I have the right to ask them to leave?
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   RNonsense
    I had that happen last year here in BC. They were city employees who were assessing the home for property taxes. They did knock on my door and ask permission to take measurements, etc. I would have freaked out on someone on my property without my knowledge...
  4. by   Disablednurse
    Yes they can do it without your permission. It can make your taxes go up or down depending on what they decide. They have to do it every so many years.
  5. by   Reabock
    They can measure the outside but you do not have to let them in, and you do not have to answer any questions regarding your home. Hope you got back to sleep. I've heard that some folks don't ever finish fixing up the outside of their homes, but have beautiful interiors,just to keep the taxes down.
  6. by   debyan
    Hope it didn't raise your taxes!
  7. by   Mimi Wheeze
    You should've told them you had a one-bedroom, one bath home, and use a wood stove.
  8. by   Angella Walker
    Offer them brownies with exlax in them. They poo on you ..........