And your local District Office (Van Nuys, Lancaster, West District Office, South District Office, East District Office, North District Office).
Not sure who your local field office is? Call the assessor office and they can tell you if you give you’re your property address (213) 974-2111
Ok- I’ve submitted what’s the process?
Once you submit your property data change request, it will be assigned to a field supervisor. You can call both the main office and your local field office once or twice a week to check on whether or not your Change Request has been assigned to a field supervisor yet. I can tell you that the assessor gets a lot of change requests- they have a huge stack of them, and if you don’t call you will have to wait until they get to the bottom of the pile to reach yours. If you call frequently it can speed the process up, especially if you have already done your own research.
In reality, these change requests are a fairly low priority, so if it is the busy season, you will have to wait longer as other business will take priority.
If you are requesting a change in SQFT on a house, or to verify building permits, the assessor might send a field appraiser to do a site visit.
How long does it take for Public Records to change?
Sorry to say the assessor moves pretty slow. Once you get the phone call notifying you that your request has been approved it can take up to 6 months for the records to be updated. The assessor’s office, as a policy, does not issue anything in writing, such as a letter or email, that can be used as a proof that the SQFT has changed prior to the system being updated within the next 6 months.
Will correcting my assessor information raise my property tax?
The answer is Yes and No. It depends on whether you did the construction or not. If the construction was done prior to your purchase of the property, then correcting the assessor record will not affect your assessed value (It is included in the original purchase price). If you did the construction work and improved the property during the time you have owned the property- your property tax will be increased. This is not a reassessing event. Only the additional value of the construction will be added to your tax bases.
Example: Property was purchased for $500,000, held 5 years, current market value $650,000, Current assessed value $552,000 and property taxes are 1.25% or $6,900 year. Value of construction added $50,000.
A) What is the assessed value if construction was done prior to purchase? $552,000 – the assessed value stays the same.
B) What is the assessed value if construction was done after purchase? $602,000. The assessed value goes up on the cost of the construction. The difference in annual property tax is $50,000 x 1.25% = $625
C) What if the property was torn down and rebuilt? The new property would be reassessed at time of being built
If your assessed value goes up, you will get a supplemental tax bill for the year.