Change in Ownership

Transferring Titles to Real Property

A change in ownership includes many different transfers of title to real property. Some types of ownership changes that generally will be excluded from appraisal include:

  • Transfers of property between husband and wife
  • Transfers of property to revocable family trusts

Note: The assessor can explain whether or not a transfer would be appraised. It may be advisable to consult an attorney, title company representative, or other expert for advice before transferring a title.

Change in Ownership Statement

State law requires property owners to file a change in ownership statement whenever real property or locally assessed manufactured homes change ownership, even if no deed is recorded.

Most deeds and certain other documents must be accompanied by a preliminary change of ownership report at the time of the recording or the county recorder may charge a $20 fee. If this form is not filed or is improperly completed, the assessor may mail a change in ownership statement. Failure to return this statement usually results in penalties.

Note: These forms are not used to assist in the appraisal of property and are not open for public inspection.

For More Information

If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Assessor's Office at (530) 283-6380.