As part of annual in-house reassessment of properties in Red Bank, each property must be inspected once every five years. The information gathered will go towards the Tax Assessor’s appraisal process, and ensuring that the resulting tax distribution is fair and uniform. Inspectors are not appraisers, and are not appraising individual homes. The inspectors are data collectors with Realty Data Systems, who will return the data to the Tax Assessor’s office for the annual reassessment. Data points include, but are not limited to: room counts, dimensions and condition of the structure, interior conditions and finished basement and attic spaces.
In accordance with the law, the Borough of Red Bank has contracted Realty Data Systems (RDS) to perform the mandated inspections over a rolling five-year period. Each year, a geographic section will be chosen for the inspectors to verify property data. The purpose of the inspections is to gather proper information on each property so that the mass appraisal process and resulting tax distribution is fair and uniform. Property owners in the selected section will be receiving a postcard in the coming weeks to notify them of the upcoming inspection. RDS will have a group of inspectors in the area verifying the interior and exterior data that the Assessor’s office has on file. The inspection consists of taking exterior photographs with a tablet, knocking on doors to inspect the interior with a homeowner or adult permission, walking the properties (including rear yards), as well as sketching the structures, as needed. If there is no answer at the door, a blue door hanger explaining the purpose of the visit and instructions to contact the inspector for an appointment will be left on the door knob (or under a door mat if necessary). The inspector will then continue the exterior inspection, including entering the rear of the property. Inspectors will not go through locked gates, but will enter an unlocked gate/fence to access the rear of the property and verify the sketch of the structure. If the inspector does not gain access to the interior of your property, they will estimate the interior room counts and conditions. All inspectors wear RDS logo shirts and high-visibility vests with “PROPERTY INSPECTOR” printed on the tail. They also carry photo ID badges. The Assessor’s Office and Police Department have a full list of inspectors and their respective vehicle information.