Anyone know the answer to this? Does the tax assessor have the right to enter your house?

Asked by Claudine, Lake County, MN Sat Mar 22, 2008

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Lisa Schade, Agent, Libertyville, IL
Mon Jul 14, 2008
Hi Claudine-
This I admit is an unusual question. However, my question back to you would be. Have you invited them in? Either by requesting a reduction in taxes or by requesting a building permit. They cannot legally enter your home without probable cause unless they feel that you are in danger in some way. Which is the premiss under which some communities have gained access to neighborhood homes. In most cases, they will not enter your home without you being present or letting them in.
Hope this helps!
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Paul Mackey, , 60060
Mon Mar 24, 2008
I would imagine this is a 4th ammendment issue. No gov't official can search your personal property with out probable cause and a warrant. But of course many communities have thrown this out the window with mandatory inspections on properties for sale (Check Waukegan for more on that).
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Pam Jacobs, Agent, Barrington, IL
Sat Mar 22, 2008
Hi Claudine,
Good question. Not sure why the tax assessor would want to come into your home unless you've invited them by disputing your taxes or you have new construction. I've never heard of the assessor spontaneously wanting to come inside a home, but I don't know if they can without your approval. I look forward to hearing from someone who knows, but in the mean time have you called your township assessor to ask him/her?
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Jim Starwalt, Agent, Grayslake, IL
Sat Mar 22, 2008
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