How can I fight ABSURD taxes for a new home I’m purchasing?

Hi All,

I’m closing on my first house next week in Nassau County, NY. For background, the seller had his home as a two-family duplex which he was renting out + also illegally renting out the basement. When he tried to sell initially in 2020, some realtor reported him to the county for the extra unit & he was fined with his property taxes hiking up to $26k for year 2021-2022. For comparison, similar homes around the area have $14-16k in tax.

After a year or so, the house was on the market & finally found a buyer who ended up getting his mortgage loan denied last minute due to some ill-advised purchases. That’s when I swept in in the 11th hr, made a lowball offer & got the house for 30k less than the listing price of 750k.

Now the taxes were always a concern but the seller assured me that since his violation, he had removed all the extra conversions he did & converted the home to a single-family home & was grieving the taxes. In the mortgage contract, we specified we’re buying a single-family home & I thought the taxes will be lower but I just checked online & the taxes for 2022-2023 just came to $22k as a two-family house.

Now I didn’t know this earlier but apparently, property taxes are locked in a year in advance so for now I can only grieve my taxes for 2023-2024 & I’m stuck with the $22k tax for this year … Is there any way I can fight this year’s taxes? Does it matter if online on the Nassau county site, it’s still being classified as a two-family house? It just sucks that I’m going to pay +6k in taxes unnecessarily when I could use that money for other stuff ..

If anyone has any insights or advice on this matter, I appreciate the help.

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Hi All, I’m closing on my first house next week in Nassau County, NY. For background, the seller had his home as a two-family duplex which he was renting out + also illegally renting out the basement. When he tried to sell initially in 2020, some realtor reported him to the county for the extra unit & he was fined with his property taxes hiking up to $26k for year 2021-2022. For comparison, similar homes around the area have $14-16k in tax. After a year or so, the house was on the market & finally found a buyer who ended up getting his mortgage loan denied last minute due to some ill-advised purchases. That’s when I swept in in the 11th hr, made a lowball offer & got the house for 30k less than the listing price of 750k. Now the taxes were always a concern but the seller assured me that since his violation, he had removed all the extra conversions he did & converted the home to a single-family home & was grieving the taxes. In the mortgage contract, we specified we’re buying a single-family home & I thought the taxes will be lower but I just checked online & the taxes for 2022-2023 just came to $22k as a two-family house. Now I didn’t know this earlier but apparently, property taxes are locked in a year in advance so for now I can only grieve my taxes for 2023-2024 & I’m stuck with the $22k tax for this year … Is there any way I can fight this year’s taxes? Does it matter if online on the Nassau county site, it’s still being classified as a two-family house? It just sucks that I’m going to pay +6k in taxes unnecessarily when I could use that money for other stuff .. If anyone has any insights or advice on this matter, I appreciate the help. submitted by /u/mamedu [link] [comments]

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