Homeowners should NOT be concerned with their property taxes going higher if they lose appeal.

Homeowners that are appealing their Cook County property taxes for the first time can be a little hesitate because of the fear of their property taxes rising or going higher if they file and lose the appeal.
This concept is false and a common misconception for many Cook County homeowners.  

If you try to appeal your Cook County property taxes and the county analyst doesn’t agree with your evidence and supporting documentation you submitted, the worst thing that can happen is that your assessed valuation taxes will remain the same.   The county refers to this denial status as a “No Change” ruling.  

When you use a company that has a no upfront fee, contingency based compensation model there is little downside to always appeal your property taxes at every opportunity.  

Below are examples of the actual language used by the county when ruling on an appeal that resulted in a no change of the assessed value.

  1. The No Change is the result of analysis of comparable properties, a recent sale, and/or update of property characteristics. (Board of Review)
  2. Our appeals department has analyzed your assessment appeal and supporting documentation. Our analysis indicates the assessed valuation should remain as originally proposed. This is due to your property’s uniformity with comparable properties. (Township)
  3. The No Change is the result of failure to comply with the rules of the Board of Review or no evidence was submitted in addition to the complaint for the Board of Review to base a change in the assessment.
The third no change reasoning occurs when the appellant fails to submit the property documentation.   The most common document an appellant fails to submit is the owners verification affidavit when filing their own appeal.  Please review our helpful check list if you decide to brave the elements and file your own appeal.