Mathews Commissioner of the Revenue Les Hall wants county residents to know that legitimate real estate assessors don’t ask to come into your house.
With the Mathews reassessment underway, Hall said he and his staff became concerned last week when they heard that a man in King William County had gained access to a home by falsely claiming to be a real estate assessor and had then assaulted the resident.
“An assessor isn’t supposed to go into the house,” said Hall. “It isn’t necessary.”
A real estate assessment conducted for tax purposes is different from a real estate appraisal requested by a bank to determine the value of a home being sold, said Hall. During a tax assessment, the assessor looks at the condition of just the outside of the house and takes outside measurements, contacting
the homeowners only to let them know he or she is there, said Hall. The assessor shouldn’t be asking to come inside.
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