Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0353 Leases. The tenant executed a lease of a building pad site in a shopping center for a term of 35 years or more with a nonexclusive easement over the common area, including the parking lot and parking structures. The tenant does not have a legal right to possess and use the common area to the exclusion of all others, as would a fee owner. Under the lease terms, the nonexclusive easement over the common area does not result in portions of the common area being "reserved as an appurtenance" to the building pad site, as required by Revenue and Taxation Code section 65.1(b). Tenant cannot be reassessed for a change in ownership for a portion of the shopping center's common area, including the parking lot and parking structures. However, section 65.1(b) does not preclude the tenant's pad site, upon the change in ownership, from being valued to reflect the amenities and the enhancement afforded by the common areas, nor prevent the common areas from being reassessed to the landlord for the value of new improvements. C 1/8/2001.