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  • Writer's pictureEd DiMarco MS, MA

How to Dispute the Assessed Value of Real Estate in Florida

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

The assessed value of your real estate is used to calculate your property taxes. If you believe your property's assessed value is too high, you can dispute it.


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Here are the steps on how to dispute the assessed value of real estate in Florida:


Contact the property appraiser's office. The first step is to contact the property appraiser's office in the county where your property is located. They will be able to provide you with the information you need to dispute the assessment, including the deadline for filing an appeal.

Request an informal conference. You can request an informal meeting with the property appraiser to discuss the assessment. This is an excellent opportunity to explain why you believe the assessment is too high.


File a petition with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB). If you cannot resolve the issue with the property appraiser, you can file a petition with the VAB. The VAB is an independent board that hears appeals of property assessments.


The deadline for filing a petition with the VAB is 30 days after the property appraiser's notice of assessment date. The petition must be filed in writing and must include the following information:


Your name and address

The address of the property

The assessed value of the property

The reason why you believe the assessment is too high

Any supporting documentation, such as comparable sales or appraisals

The VAB will schedule a hearing to consider your petition. You will have the opportunity to present your case to the VAB. The VAB will then decide whether to uphold or reduce the assessment.


If the VAB upholds the assessment, you can appeal the decision to circuit court. However, you must file the appeal within 60 days of the date of the VAB's decision.


Disputing the assessed value of your real estate can be a complex process. However, it is essential to remember that you have the right to do so. If you believe the assessment is too high, contact the property appraiser's office and file a petition with the VAB.


Here are some additional tips for disputing the assessed value of real estate in Florida:


Be prepared. Gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim that the assessment is too high. This could include comparable sales, appraisals, or other documentation.

Be professional. When you contact the property appraiser's office or file a petition with the VAB, be polite and respectful. This will help your case.


Be persistent. Don't give up if you are unsuccessful in your first attempt to dispute the assessment. You may need to appeal the decision to circuit court.


Disputing the assessed value of your real estate can be a time-consuming and challenging process. However, it can save you money on your property taxes. If you believe that the assessment is too high, it is essential to take action to dispute it.


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