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Medford Residents, A Lister Is Headed Your Way

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Listers will be conducting property inspections in Medford over the next two years, according to the city.

The city has hired Vision Government Solutions, of Northborough, to carry out the inspections, mandated by the Bureau of Local Assessment of the Department of Revenue.

The listers, who will be going door-to-door, will have photo identification, and the city Assessor’s Office is urging property owners to ask the listers for ID before granting them access into their home or business.

A description of the listers’ cars and license plate numbers will be on file with the Medford Police Department and the Assessor’s Office, according to the city.

During the inspections, which will be done at all residential, commercial and industrial properties, listers will physically measure a building’s exterior and do an inspection of the interior.

Building characteristics, such as size, age, quality of construction, construction materials, improvements, story height and condition, will be noted. The homeowner or company representative will be asked to sign a “property record card” at the inspection to verify that it took place, according to the city.

The entire inspection process should take 15-30 minutes.

Listers generally work between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. There will be an initial attempt to visit a property, and, if no one is at the home or business, a letter will be sent to the property owner with a number to call to schedule an appointment.

Danielle Flynn January 15, 2014 at 03:18 PM
And what happens when you refuse to consent to a government agent entering your property without a warrant?
Meira Smith January 15, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Glad to see that they will be doing inspections during hours that normal people work - nice and convenient. Are people expected to use a vacation day for this? Perhaps they can deduct their loss of pay off their taxes. Junk.
Cliff Hepburn January 15, 2014 at 09:15 PM
This is a violation of our 4th amendment rights. Everything that the assessors need would be in the city building office. They absolutely don't need access to your house. Write your our city officers to stop this nonsense.
Sharon Hepburn January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM
I'm not clear if the state is mandating the cities to do this or is it purely a city initiative? Talk about the govt looking over your shoulder. This is ridiculous.
Michael Richards April 04, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Everyone should refuse this. It's a clear violation of an expectation of privacy. They need a warrant or permission, period. If they believe that. Dwelling is unsafe or changed in some way, they need to get a warrant.
Michael Richards April 04, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Between the 10% increase in my property taxes this year and this, it's unbelievable.

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