Interesting Facts about HCAD

Harris County Appraisal District Facts

  • On average, 1 in 4 protests are not settled informally and sent to a formal hearing before the Appraisal Review Board.
  • According to HCAD, the majority of residential values were unchanged.  About 7% of all accounts increased, 19% decreased, and 74% were not changed from the previous year.
  • HCAD is not required to mail you a Notice of Assessed Value unless the market value of your property has changed.
  • A copy of the homeowner’s Texas driver’s license or state identification card and the homeowner’s vehicle registration receipt must now be sent with any new homestead exemption application. If the homeowner does not own a vehicle they can send a current utility bill showing name and address, along with an affidavit provided in the application indicating non-ownership of a vehicle. The address on the documents must match the address for which the homestead exemption is requested. The new requirement does not apply to homeowners who already have homestead exemptions. It affects only new applications for exemptions sent to appraisal districts.
  • Concerning residential property with a market or appraised value of $1 million or less, the introduction of a valid appraisal performed within 180 days of the scheduled hearing will shift HCAD’s burden of proof from a preponderance of evidence to clear and convincing.  This means that they will have to show more than just their normal valuation in order to counter the weight of the appraisal as evidence.
  • By law, HCAD must allow for one postponement without cause to a property owner.  Additional postponements may be granted with reasonable cause.  The hearing can be postponed for up to 30 days, and may be requested via telephone, fax, mail, e-mail or in person.