Hoboken Fair Housing Association concerned about city reval; schedules meeting
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HOBOKEN -- The Hoboken Fair Housing Association (HFHA), which has fought for tenants’ rights against the possible abolition of rent control in Hoboken, will hold a meeting on Thursday night to give information on the ongoing tax revaluation currently underway.

A revaluation brings property assessments up to date, so that people are paying taxes on the current values, not on the market rate when they bought their house. Thus, owners of old houses may have to pay much more since their taxes were based on the last reval from the 1980s. Someone who bought a new home during a hot housing market may see a drop.

The meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Church, located on the corner of Sixth and Garden Streets.

Their Facebook page notes: “Tenants: Learn how a corrupted property revaluation taking place right now is going to raise your rents dramatically.”

The meeting will have two guest speakers: Matt Shapiro of the New Jersey Tenants Organization and Renee Steinhagen of the New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center.

For more information on HFHA, their activities, and the upcoming meeting, email hobokenfairhousing@gmail.com.

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TommyLover
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August 11, 2013
I'm interested in hearing more about the overturning of last Nov's vote on rent control. No matter how you feel about rent control, it's pretty outrageous. I also appreciate this group, a tenants group, providing information to homeowners about the sketchy reval company. I will be there.
Tottenhamwins
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August 12, 2013
There is nothing sketchy about doing a reval after more than a generation of no revals. There is plenty sketchy with not doing a reval for more than a generation and letting walk up buildings with multiple apartments get away with paying less in taxes than 1 2 BR condo in a modern building by more than a few thousand dollars. Where I come from, multiple apartments in a building worth a million or two should pay more taxes than 1 condo worth half a million. But I also grew up in a town where nobody cared where you were born or how long you lived there.
JamesCollier
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August 10, 2013
The HFHA Facebook page ALSO notes: "Homeowners: Learn how this reval process is going to unfairly raise your property taxes, and what you can do about it."

Visit http://hobokenfairhousing.com

for up-to-date info on the HFHA meeting coming up on Thursday August 15th at 7 pm, at the Community Church at 6th and Garden.
Tottenhamwins
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August 10, 2013
So you want artificially below market rate rents and artificially low tax rates also? Now that is what I call unfair. If you live in a half million dollar apartment or condo, you should pay the same in taxes as everyone else who lives in a similar valued apartment no matter how new or old the building is.