Board of Revision

in geauga county

Filing a Complaint Against the

Valuation of Real Property

Please read the instructions before downloading and completing the application.

FILING DEADLINE

A COMPLAINT FOR THE CURRENT TAX YEAR MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY AUDITOR ON OR BEFORE MARCH 31 OF THE FOLLOWING TAX YEAR. A COUNTER-COMPLAINT MUST BE FILED WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF NOTICE FROM THE AUDITOR THAT AN ORIGINAL COMPLAINT HAS BEEN FILED.

WHO MAY FILE

Any person owning taxable real property in the county, the Board of County Commissioners, the County Prosecutor, the County Treasurer, the Board of Township Trustees of any township with territory in the county, the Board of Education of any school district with territory in the county, or the mayor or legislative authority of any municipal corporation with territory in the county may file a valuation complaint.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Valuation complaints must relate to the total value of both land and building. The Board of Revision may increase or decrease the total value of any parcel included in a complaint. The Board will notify all parties not less than ten days prior to the hearing of the time and place the complaint will be heard. The complainant should submit any documents supporting the claimed valuation to the Board prior to the hearing. The Board may also require the complainant and/or owner to provide the Board additional information with the complaint and may request additional information at the hearing, including purchase and lease agreements, closing statements, appraisal reports, construction costs, rent rolls, and detailed income and expense statements for the property.

Get in Touch

Direct Line: (440) 279-1601
Phone: (440) 285-2222 (Ext. 1601) or (440) 564-7131 (Ext. 1601)

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How to File?

You can find the Complaint Against Valuation of Real Property form on the State Auditor’s website, we can email or mail a copy of the form.

Filling Out the Form?

Complete all sections of the State form including notarization.

Do I Have to Attend the Hearing?

It is not mandatory but strongly encouraged, as the Board may have questions pertaining to the evidence you submitted.

Some Reasons to File?

  • Damage to the interior or exterior structure
  • Recent arm’s length transaction
  • Recent appraisal by a certified appraiser

What to Expect?

Your complaint information will be entered into the system and passed to the Chief Appraiser who will review the information and contact you.

What Evidence Can I Submit and When Is the Deadline?

The deadline to submit evidence to the Board is 5 business days before the scheduled hearing. Types of evidence (if applicable):

  • Photos of damage
  • Documents from an arm’s length transaction
  • Closing statement
  • Purchase contract
  • Conveyance fee statement
  • Recent appraisal report
  • Paperwork of comparable properties

Will I Have a Hearing?

If the complaint has been processed as a pass through which means you and the Chief Appraiser have reached an agreement, you would not be scheduled for an in-person hearing. The Board will vote on the adjusted amount at the hearing and the complainant will be contacted by mail and email or certified mail regarding the complaint result. Factors that can impact scheduling your hearing would be the complexity of your case, the number of parties involved, and if the BOR is required to notify the Board of Education. All parties involved will be contacted for a scheduled hearing.