Property FAQs


Where can land (real property) records be obtained?
Information on land records from 1812 to present may be obtained from:

The County Recorder's Office
Cuyahoga County Administration Building
1219 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 443-7300

Where can information on property appraisals be obtained?
Information on property appraisals may be obtained from:

The County Fiscal Officer's Appraisal Department
Cuyahoga County Administration Building
1219 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 443-7100

Where can a list of property taxes rates for communities within Cuyahoga County be obtained?
A list of tax rates for the year 1998 to be paid in 1999 can be obtained at:

The County Fiscal Officer: Treasurer's Department

Cuyahoga County Administration Building
1219 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 443-7420

Where can a list of repossessed properties in Cuyahoga County be obtained?
A list of repossessed (foreclosed) properties in Cuyahoga County may be obtained from:

The Sheriff's Office
1215 West 3rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 443-6000

I want to apply for flood insurance. How can I find out if I qualify?
Flood insurance can be purchased by anyone living within a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, regardless of whether they are in or out of a mapped floodplain. Individuals should contact their insurance agent to find out if they qualify. For more information pertaining to the National Flood Insurance Program, flood insurance, and floodplain management, residents may contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Floodplain Management Program at (614) 265-6750, or visit http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/21817/Default.aspx.  

Who can file a complaint against the valuation of real property?
Any person who owns taxable real property in the county, the Board of County Commissioners, the County Prosecutor or Treasurer of the County. In addition the board of education of any school district within any territory in the county, the Mayor or legislative authority of any municipal corporation with any territory in the county, may file such a complaint.

When can you file a complaint against the valuation of real property?
A complaint against the assessment of real property may be filed for the current tax year from the first half tax billing in December through March 31st of the ensuing tax year.

What are the reasons to file a complaint against the valuation of real property?
A complaint must state an amount of over-valuation, under-valuation, discriminatory valuation, illegal valuation, or incorrect determination of usage of the property.

How do I get more information or a complaint against the valuation of real property?
Please contact the County Fiscal Officer at (216) 443-7100 or the Board of Revision at (216) 443-7195.

What is Ohio Estate Tax?
An Ohio estate tax is levied by the State of Ohio on the estate of a decedent who was a resident of Ohio at time of death.

An Ohio estate tax return must be filed when the value of the gross estate exceeds $25,000.

If the value of the gross estate is less than $25,000, an Ohio estate tax return must be filed if there is real estate.

An estate tax must be paid when the amount of the gross estate exceeds the $500 tax credit (generally equivalent to a $25,000 estate exemption), plus the amount of the administration costs, debts, and deductions allowed by law.

A surviving spouse receives an unlimited marital deduction for dates of death on and after July 1, 1993 which can result in no estate tax on property passing to a surviving spouse.

The Ohio estate tax rates are as follows:

If the taxable estate is:  The tax shall be: 
Not over $40,000 2% of the taxable estate 
Over $40,000 but not over $100,000 $800 plus 3% of the excess over $40,000
Over $100,000 but not over $200,000 $2,600 plus 4% of the excess over $100,000
Over $200,000 but not over $300,000 $6,600 plus 5% of the excess over $200,000
Over $300,000 but not over $500,000 $11,600 plus 6% of the excess over $300,000
Over $500,000 $23,600 plus 7% of the excess over $500,000