Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

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Annotation 220.0360

220.0360 Leasehold Improvements. When a 35 year lease provides that lessee-installed improvements shall at the expiration or earlier termination of the lease become the property of the lessor, a question arises as to whether or not the improvements have changed ownership if the lessor sells the property and the new owner negotiates a new lease. Since the sale would be of property subject to a lease with less than 35 years remaining, the structure and the tenant improvements would both be subject to reappraisal per Property Tax rule 462(f)(1)(B)(i), whether or not the "improvement ownership" clause became operative. The ownership of the improvements would turn on the actual intent of the parties, but would be meaningful for assessment purposes only as regards the billing of the correct assessee for the property that assessee owns. C 4/2/1987.