The Harris County Appraisal District has mailed property value notices to residential property owners and is following with commercial and industrial value notices.
Harris County property owners who believe there is an error in the market value set by the appraisal district have until May 15 to protest the value of their property. If property owners have not yet received their value notice, they will still have 30 days to file their protest, and the later protest deadline will be printed on their value notice.
Business personal property and some real property accounts may have later protest deadlines, according to HCAD. If a later deadline applies to a particular account, the property owner will be mailed an official HCAD value notice on which the later protest deadline will be listed.
“We are seeing a large number of residential and commercial properties in Harris County that are increasing in value this year,” Chief Appraiser Roland Altinger said. “Despite the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, many properties throughout the county have been rebuilt or restored and continue to go up in value.”
By law, HCAD is required to appraise all property at 100 percent of market value as of Jan. 1.
Protests may be filed online through the iFile system, brought to HCAD’s office at 13013 Northwest Fwy or mailed to P.O. Box 922004, Houston, TX 77292-2004. They must be postmarked by May 15.
Owners who have misplaced their value notice can use HCAD’s free mobile app to quickly retrieve their iFile number by scanning their Texas driver’s license. The name and address on the license must match the property address in the HCAD system. If a settlement through the online system isn’t possible once HCAD makes an offer, the homeowner will be scheduled for a hearing with the Appraisal Review Board.
For questions about protesting market value, call the appraisal district’s information center at 713-957-7800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.