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Old 02-04-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Unless the pictures reveal the structure was not built to code...

That's a risk a homeowner takes if they build it themselves without checking the local building code or don't vet their contractor!
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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When you sell your house, you will be wishing you had either:

1) constructed everything with permits and inspections, or

2) bulldozed all of your illegal constructions before the sale.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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Ok, what about a patio? I plan on ripping my deck off and putting patio pavers in that spot. Which has more value...a wood deck or a patio?
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Northport
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Ok, what about a patio? I plan on ripping my deck off and putting patio pavers in that spot. Which has more value...a wood deck or a patio?
This is an interesting case because , at least in Town of Huntington, you do not need a permit for a patio or deck less than 8" from grade. If you don't need a permit, not sure how the town would find out you have it unless they came to your property to inspect something else. If they don't know you have a patio/low deck, they can't tax you on it.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Patio is non-taxable as long as the blocks (tiles) used are moveable.
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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The property tax assessment system makes very little sense. What additional County, Town, School or Village resources are affected by me adding a wood deck?


Property Taxes should be based solely upon Sq footage of the home & land period.
I agree. Someone with a 5,000sqft eye sore will pay much less then their neighbor with a 5,000sqft McMansion. They should tax people on square footage, because the law as it is gives people disincentive to fix up their home. Even better, they should tax people on cubic footage, since wealthier home owners usually have lofty large rooms and cubic footage is easy to calculate with current technology.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Patio is non-taxable as long as the blocks (tiles) used are moveable.

what kind of patio is moveable? arent most of them cemented together and in?
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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There exists patio block that just lay there and do not require cement. Those are non-taxable
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Copiague, NY
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What concerns me the most, is the reality that since google earth has current and well documented views of a persons property,
photos clear enough for a town inspector to even count your garbage cans while on a second screen, he examines your site plan and title
survey against what he's viewing on google. I heard of some concerns over backyard pools that were being challenged on the basis that the
aerial view provided by google, was an "invasion of privacy". Google has made life quite easy for the property tax assessor of this day. I'd also
want to be on great terms with my next door neighbors, people can do vindictive things out of jealousy or what they may feel to be an overt
encroachment upon their peace or suburban happiness. Remember, it's usually friends, that "hump" you, but good luck when spring comes!
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Massapequa Park
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Patio is non-taxable as long as the blocks (tiles) used are moveable.
I've never heard of any patio (backyard) being taxable in TOHempstead and Town of Oyster bay. Are you sure about this? Maybe every Town is different, which one considers this a taxable improvement?

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