Various private companies solicit property owners by mail, flyers or in person, offering their services to retrieve recorded documents, or file certain forms and applications with the Assessor, Recorder or County Clerk offices. The fees charged by these companies are often far above the cost to file directly online or at one of our offices.
Fees for all Recorder-County Clerk services are available online by clicking here. You may also call toll free at (855) 732-2575 during regular business hours if you have questions or need assistance. (http://www.sbcounty.gov/ARC/Main/About/Locations.aspx).
All property tax savings applications may be filed free of charge directly with the Assessor’s Office. Information on tax savings and relief programs are available by clicking here or you may call toll free (877) 885-7654 for more information regarding online or mail-in claim forms. Office locations are available here.
The Property Tax Postponement Program allows a homeowner aged 62 or older, or blind, or disabled, with an annual household income of $35,500 or less and at least 40% equity in their principal place of residence, to apply to postpone payment of property taxes, under certain conditions.
Applications may be filed with the State Controller's office beginning October 1, 2016. Click here for an information sheet.
The program application and details are located on Controller's website.
Last month, the Blue Cut Fire burned through several Cajon Pass communities leaving a wide path of destruction; one of the most costly disasters to strike the county in recent years. To the many residents and property owners who have suffered losses; my offices are available to assist in replacing lost records and provide property tax relief.
For people who have lost vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates, replacement copies are being provided by the Recorder-Clerk office free of charge.
When requesting free copies of a vital record, victims of the fires should state on the application, “Wildfire,” and complete the sworn statement declaring under penalty of perjury that they are a victim. The application and combined sworn statement must be submitted to complete the request. Click here to download a copy of the Request Form and click here for a copy of the Sworn Statement.
Property tax relief is also available to property owners affected by the fire. My staff is conducting field inspections to identify the fire damaged properties and will be reducing values and notifying owners of any reductions made to their assessed valuation. Property owners will find the Disaster Relief Form at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/ARC/Forms/ARP033.pdf
The real estate market in San Bernardino County has started to recover from historic lows experienced in the last few years. This in turn will cause some property values to increase from the assessed values that were lowered in previous years. Click here for more information.
Please note that the Fire Prevention Fee is levied by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This fee is not levied by the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office.
Click here for more information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The State Board of Equalization’s website also provides answers to property owner’s questions: http://www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog/fire_prev_fee.htm.
Form to Transfer Base-Year Value ... Click Here
This form describes a property owner's right to transfer their base year value to a replacement property if the original property was damaged in a governor declared disaster. The replacement property must be substantially equivalent to the original, and be within 120% of the market value of the original property when it was destroyed and the replacement property must be in the same county. Other conditions also apply.
Effective January 1, 2015, Senate Bill 1050, Chapter 197 requires that a prescribed consumer disclosure notice be inserted in an enclosed box at the top of a certificate of acknowledgment, proof of execution, or jurat to read:
A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.