Get Help Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment

Click here to go to our online Application for Services and to learn about appealing your property tax assessment with the Property Tax Appeal Project.

If you have any questions, you can call the Property Tax Appeal Project at 313-438-8698 or email us at law-propertytax@umich.edu.

What is the Property Tax Appeal Project?

The Property Tax Appeal Project is a free legal service provided by the University of Michigan Law School and the Coalition for Property Tax Justice. The Project's trained legal advocates can help you understand the property tax appeal process and file an appeal. In 2020, 100% of our client's appeals were successful!

Why might you want to protest your property tax assessment?

Every year, the City of Detroit determines the "assessed value" of your home. Your home's assessed value is used to calculate your property tax bill. This means that if your assessed value is too high, your property tax bill will also probably be too high!

State law says that your home's assessed value should be no higher than 50% of your home's market value. Market value is how much your home could sell for. For example, if your home is worth (i.e. has a market value) $20,000, then it should be assessed at no more than $10,000 (i.e. half of the market value).

The City over assesses and illegally inflates the taxes for most homes worth $50,000 and less. If your home is worth $50,000 or less, then you should consider protesting your property tax assessment.

Protesting your property taxes with our Project is completely FREE. Our team does most of the work for you and supports you during the whole process!

If you want to learn more about the City's over assessment of property taxes, you can click on the blue hyperlinks below for further reading:

  • Between 2009-2015, the City of Detroit illegally inflated the “Assessed Value” for 55% to 85% of its properties.

  • In 2019, the problem continued. The City illegally inflated the “Assessed Value” for 84% of the lowest valued homes.

  • As a result, the City has overtaxed Detroit homeowners by at least $600 million and one out of every 3 homes went through property tax foreclosure.

  • 25% of the property tax foreclosures of the lowest-valued homes would not have happened without these illegally inflated property tax assessments.

HPTAP / Poverty Tax Exemption

Are your property taxes unaffordable?

You may qualify for the Homeowner’s Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP), which lowers or eliminates City of Detroit property taxes for homeowners with low incomes. The program only lowers taxes for the year you apply, so you must apply every year.

For help, text 85274 or call 211 for a list of organizations in your neighborhood that provide free assistance for filling out an HPTAP application.

Community Legal Workers

Do you believe that your property tax bill is too high, but you do not qualify for the HPTAP?

If so, you have a right to appeal your property tax assessments and potentially lower your property taxes. Detroit Justice Center (DJC) has a Community Legal Worker program that will assist community members in preparing their appeals, accompany clients to the Board, and provide guidance throughout the process for FREE.

For help, contact CLW@DETROITJUSTICE.ORG