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underwood-what-is-proposition-19-300x300Proposition 19 is a new law in California that significantly affects the way property taxes are assessed on homes when deeded to heirs. While intra-family transfers were previously protected under Proposition 13, its effect has been significantly bludgeoned. On the other hand, Proposition 19 does include the added benefit of extra assessment transfers for residents over the age of 55. 

What are “ad valorem” taxes?

Prop 13 and Prop 19 are centered on “ad valorem” property taxes. “Ad valorem” is simply Latin for “according to value.” As such, ad valorem property taxes are just ordinary property taxes. They are a tax levied by the state government against owners of real property on a year-to-year basis. 

5192023-300x300In every property co-owned by two or more persons, there are common costs. Common costs are those costs for the property that are common to all owners or for the common benefit of all owners. In California, cotenants are required to pay for their portion of the common costs. Therefore, cotenants must pay for their share of expenses to operate and maintain the property. The portion of common costs one must pay depends on the ownership interest of that cotenant. 

At the Underwood Law Firm, our attorneys are more than familiar with co-ownership and the requirements that follow. 

What are Common Expenses?

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The purpose of this post is to discuss how a partial taking of your property may affect your property taxes.

Often, in an eminent domain action, there are at least two types of damages or payment required. First, the government should pay the property owner for the property actually taken.

Second, when the government takes anything less than the entire parcel, the government should also pay the property owner for any damages caused to the property left-over.

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