Class 2 properties include single family homes, town homes, condominiums, cooperatives, multifamily
residential buildings and mixed-use properties (residential and commercial) with no more than
six units. (Separate instructions are available for condominiums and cooperatives.) Many factors
contribute in determining the value of your property. The main consideration in estimating value,
however, is what similar properties sold for in your neighborhood since the last reassessment. The
Assessor’s Office strives for fair and equitable assessments and encourages you to file an appeal if
you feel your assessment is incorrect.
You will receive a "Notice of Proposed Assessed Valuation" in the mail when the
Assessor’s Office reassesses your home every three years. This notice includes
our estimate of your proposed property assessed value. The notice also
includes a list of characteristics relevant to your home’s property value. You
have approximately 30 calendar days to file an appeal with our office.
The last date to file an appeal is printed on your reassessment notice. NOTE: Your appeal
must be received by the Assessor’s Office on or prior to this date. Postmarks are acceptable. You
can also appeal the assessed valuation in any year between reassessments. If your property is
located in a township that is not being reassessed, please call our Taxpayer Information Department
at 312-443-7550 to determine the filing period for your township.
You must use an official “Residential Assessed Valuation Appeal” form to file
your appeal. Please submit a copy to us and keep another copy for your files.
You do not need a lawyer, tax representative or appraiser to file an appeal on the
assessed valuation of your home. However, if your valuation appeal is filed by
an authorized representative, an “Owner/Lessee Verification Form” must be
completed, notarized and filed along with the appeal form. Please note: If a field check is required
of your property, it must be requested by the last date of the appeal filing period. Alternatively, you can file on this Web site by locating your property through our property search then by clicking the appeal link.
You may file an appeal at our offices or contact us
and request that an appeal form be mailed to you. Experienced personnel are
available at our offices to assist you in filing your appeal. In suburban areas, you may also contact your
local township assessor.
If you are concerned that the assessed valuation of your home is not uniform
with the assessed valuations of other homes, compare your property to those
similar to yours. This comparison will tell you if you have reason to file an
uniformity appeal. There are two ways to do this:
Property Description Error Appeal
- Simply fill out the appeal form, indicating that the purpose of the appeal is "lack of uniformity".
You do not need to research and find your own comparable properties in order to file an
appeal with our office. Our analysts will check properties comparable to yours to determine if
your assessed value is uniform with the assessed values of those properties.
- If you wish to review our information yourself and include your own list of comparable
properties with your appeal, there are guidelines to follow.
Comparables can be found on this Web site. For your convenience, we have added images of each
property as well as other corresponding assessment data. You can also find residential
assessments published in a local community newspaper a few days after you receive your
notice. The name of the newspaper and date of publication are indicated on your notice. The
assessment listing will also be available at your local library.
When choosing comparables, select homes within your neighborhood code that closely
resemble your own home in both size and style. If the Permanent Index Numbers (PINs) are
not known, the Assessor’s staff will assist you in obtaining this information. PINs may also be
searched on the Assessor’s interactive Web site. If the assessed values of the comparables
you have chosen are lower than your property's assessed value, you may have reason to file an appeal.
Write the PINs of your comparables on the appeal form that you file. Our analysts will use
your information along with our office data to determine if the assessed value of your home is
uniform with the assessed values of comparable properties.
Finally, if there is an error in the description
of your property such as incorrect square footage of
living area or an error that you believe may affect property value, you may wish to file an appeal.
However, a minor characteristic error does not necessarily indicate an incorrect assessment. Please
note: when filing an appeal based on incorrect square footage, it is recommended that you submit a plat of survey with your appeal.
When an appeal is filed in person, a receipt with an appeal number will be
assigned. If the appeal is received by mail, a receipt letter with the appeal
number will be returned by mail to the person filing the appeal. The Assessor’s
Office will then analyze your appeal and notify you by letter of the results. To
make sure you receive the best service possible, the Assessor has appointed a Taxpayer Advocate. The Advocate’s phone number is 312-603-7530. If you wish to further pursue the appeal of your assessment, you may also file an appeal with
the Cook County Board of Review at 312-603-5542.