I have had numerous people tell me its better not to have the town / city know about changes to a property so your taxes dont go up. They shy away from having the town assess a property as well as town knowing about upgrades inside / outside to the house.
They state if the town / city knows, then taxes will go up and more comes out of your pocket. But is it actually better to have the town / city know accurately what a property is worth?
Only when you are getting ready to sell :)
I bought a house in Quincy, MA at the beginning of the year and went through the same dilemma as you. The city contacted me right when I bought the house and wanted to inspect it. I let the tax inspector come out right when I closed before I even had a chance to do any renovation.
I asked around and got a general sense that if you are fixing and flipping then you may be able to flip the property and sell it before the tax inspector even gets to your house. For buy and hold, the tax assessor will probably contact you until the inspection is met.
My logic is that the sooner I get it inspected the better to get it out of the way. They do not have to go in every unit especially if it is tenant occupied. I gave my inspector the accurate specs of the house for occupied units and he was perfectly ok with what I gave him without entering the units.
Hope that helps!
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