January 16, 2019
Homeowners whose property has been severely damaged by mudslides or flooding are eligible to apply for property tax relief. If a homeowner already filed a claim for damage caused by a recent fire, or another disaster, they will need to file a separate claim for any new damages.
If they qualify, affected homeowners will receive a reduction in the taxable value of their home to account for recent damage. This remains in effect until the damage is repaired or the home is rebuilt. The minimum threshold for damage to a property is $10,000, and claims must be received within 12 months of the date of disaster. The claim form, titled Reassessment of Property Damaged or Destroyed by Misfortune and Calamity (M&C) is accessible at https://assessor.lacounty.gov/disaster-relief/.
“Unfortunately, homeowners that were affected by recent fires are now at an even greater risk for mudslides. The Assessor’s Office is here to help, but we need homeowners to inform us by filing the Misfortune and Calamity form,” said Assessor Jeffrey Prang.
For updates on evacuations, advisories, and other resources from the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, visit https://www.lacounty.gov/larain. For more information or questions regarding the Office of the Assessor, please call the Assessor’s Disaster Tax Relief Hotline at 213/974-8658, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to https://assessor.lacounty.gov/disaster-relief/.