Here is an interesting idea that came up recently for some residents of Davison Township in Michigan. The town has sent out letters to its residents stating that the town will begin inspecting the inside of homes to help with assessing the homes value for tax purposes. They go on to say that if the residents do not allow the inspection or respond the letter within 2 weeks then they will guess at the finish level of the interior of the home and adjust the tax accordingly. You can learn more about this issue here.
This has created some controversy locally. Is this infringing on the 4th amendment rights of the local homeowners? Does the local government have the right to come into your home, look around and decide what it is worth? Or is this simply part of the process and ability given to states and local governments to raise taxes to fund basic operations?
We would love to hear what you think. We are in the Los Angeles area and wonder how our neighbors would welcome home inspections of their Los Angeles homes?