I purchased a property in CT about two years ago and happen to recently come across the town records of my home that had a few errors…Namely that the house was wrongly listed as having 2.5 finished floors instead of the actual 2 finished floors (attic was incorrectly listed as finished). This ended up warping the home’s liveable square footage to more than what it truly is. The liveable square footage was actually listed as greater than the gross square footage in the property records which is illogical in its own right but I digress.
I had the town send an assessor to check if my attic was truly finished and he confirmed that it is not. When he called me back to update me on this I had asked if the town was going to refund me on the property taxes that I was overpaying for the past two years. He responded no and explained that the reason the property records were wrong is because they were pulled directly from the home’s MLS listing. For whatever reason the town never was able to assess the home in person so they resorted to using the MLS listing that contained these errors. He explained further that the town would not be responsible for the overpaid property taxes because the state of CT has a statute essentially protecting the towns from having to refund tax payers in situations like these. He added that my realtor was mainly at fault for not catching this when closing on the home (I guess that makes me partially responsible too).
Since then I have tried searching the state’s website to find this statute in writing and I’ve even written an email to someone from the state questioning the the validity of the assessor’s response but I haven’t heard back.
My question is – does anyone know if this is a common thing and if the assessor was right in telling me I’m not eligible for a refund? I’m sure if this was the other way around and the town found out that I had been underpaying on property taxes they would have forced me to backpay any unpaid amount. Am I left holding the short end of the stick on this one?