I don't want the Assessor to view my property; can he/she change the value without viewing it?
The simple answer is yes and if you don't allow access to your property you lose your right to appeal the value that has been placed on your property. Minnesota Statute 273.20 states "Assessor may enter dwellings, buildings, or structures." Any officer authorized by law to assess property for taxation may, when necessary to the proper performance of duties, enter any dwelling-house, building, or structure, and view the same and the property therein. Any officer authorized by law to assess property for ad valorem tax purposes shall have reasonable access to land and structures as necessary for the proper performance of their duties. A property owner may refuse to allow an assessor to inspect their property. This refusal by the property owner must be either verbal or expressly stated in a letter to the county assessor. If the assessor is denied access to view the property, the assessor is authorized to estimate the property's estimated market value by making assumptions believed appropriate concerning the property's finish and condition.

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1. Frequently Asked Questions
2. What about homestead for property owned by a trust?
3. What about someone with a disability? (blind, disabled, veteran related disability)
4. How often do I have to apply for homestead?
5. What will happen if I file a false homestead claim?
6. Why is the property classified as non-homestead?
7. Why must I provide my social security number?
8. What if I move?
9. What is a Notice of Valuation and Classification?
10. Who receives a Notice of Valuation and Classification and when is it mailed?
11. If a property owner fails to receive Notice of Valuation and Classification, what should be done?
12. Does the Notice of Valuation and Classification address the property tax impact of the new assessment?
13. What is Estimated Market Value?
14. How does the Assessor determine Estimated Market Value?
15. What is the difference between assessment year and tax year?
16. Why does my value change when nothing has been done to my property?
17. Why doesn't the Assessor's value reflect the sale price of my property?
18. I don't want the Assessor to view my property; can he/she change the value without viewing it?
19. Does the Estimated Market Value increase at the same rate on all properties?
20. Can the Estimated Market Value change even if the assessor has not been inside my property?
21. Why is the property assessment classification different than the zoning classification?
22. Why has my value gone up?
23. What will happen to my value if I improve my property?
24. Will my value go up if I repair my property?
25. Is my property abstract or torrens?
26. Do I have an easement for my property?
27. How do I fill out the documents for recording?
28. My spouse passed away and I need to remove his/her name from ownership on my property. How do I do so?
29. How may I find out if / when a property is going to forfeit because of past due taxes?
30. Are all tax forfeited lands, as shown in the plat book, available for sale?
31. What tax forfeited lands are available for sale?
32. Can I purchase parcels that did not sell at the public auction?
33. Are tax forfeited lands with structures ever sold at auction?
34. Can I purchase under contract?
35. How do I handle Special Assessments?
36. How do I receive a land sale brochure?
37. What are the payment requirements after the sale?
38. What is the interest rate?
39. What type of deed is used to transfer title?
40. Who determines the tracts to be offered for sale?
41. Do I have to stake my project area?
42. How do I find land use permit fees and applications?
43. What do I need to obtain a land use permit?
44. How do I get a permit to install a septic system?
45. What is the Development Review Team (DRT)?