LA Property Owners Offer Disaster Relief

“Taxpayers whose properties have been destroyed or severely damaged by these fires may be eligible for disaster relief on annual property tax bills, including in some cases refunds of taxes already paid.”

Irwindale fire, courtesy Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations, July 2018.

Irwindale fire, courtesy Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations, July 2018.

Los Angeles, CA – The dangerously triple digits heat wave now experiencing by Southern California residents have sparks wildfires across five LA counties has resulted in massive evacuations and leave homes burnt down in communities such as Granada Hills, Pacific Palisades, Burbank, Chatsworth and Glassell Park.

Assessor Jeff Prang said, “wildfires cause major damage, and in some cases, devastating losses. The destruction of homes in particular is having a profound impact on the lives our friends and neighbors.” “Taxpayers whose properties have been destroyed or severely damaged by these fires may be eligible for disaster relief on annual property tax bills, including in some cases refunds of taxes already paid,” he advised.

Fortunately, no one lost their lives. And although the LA County fires were not as severe as other parts of Southern California, the disaster relief available to property owners through the office of Assessor Prang is to ease the overwhelming hardships that these families face as they struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Fire victims can file claims for Misfortune & Calamity Relief within a year, properties that have sustained a minimum of $10,000 in damage may be eligible for a refund of taxes already paid and lower annual tax bills until the property is repaired or rebuilt.

Assessor Prang’s office is working proactively in conjunction with fire department officials from various jurisdictions to determine which properties are affected. “As fires are extinguished and recovery begins, call our Disaster Relief Hotline at 213/974-8658, stop by one of our field offices across the county, visit us online, or connect with us on social media @LACAssessor,” Prang said.

He continued, “My dedicated team is ready to offer assistance at a moment’s notice and has a designated hotline specifically tasked with guiding property owners through the claim submission process.”

 

 

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