The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that its assessors will begin to conduct real property inspections in the Old City 1 and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, June 4 through August 27. The inspections are a part of an annual assessment in which interior/exterior inspections are made of neighborhoods in the District.
“We are always working to improve the accuracy of our assessment process,” said Deputy Chief Financial Officer Stephen M. Cordi. “These inspections allow us to validate our assessment data and maintain an equitable property tax system for the District.”
When inspecting a property, an assessor is required to present credentials that identify him/her as a representative of OTR. The credentials consist of an identification passbook, which includes the signature of the deputy CFO and a numbered badge. If property owners wish to confirm the employment of an assessor, they should call OTR’s Real Property Assessment division at (202) 442-6760. They can refuse entry and not allow appraisers inside their homes.
If the property owner is not available at the time of the inspection, the assessor will only inspect the exterior property. An interior inspection will only be conducted when an adult is present and the inspector is given permission to enter the home. If the property owner is not available at the time of inspection, the assessor will leave a note with contact information should the property owner have any questions. Those who wish to schedule a time to have the interior of their property inspected should call (202) 442-6760.