During a redetermination in April 2021, Mr. Alan Fox alleges owning no property other
than his home on 123 Any St. After documenting the allegation, the CS initiates a
property search using the NHRP search process and discovers a property at 10021 Lost
River Hwy. Mr. Fox alleges that he does not own this property. The CS selects the
“Decide Later” option on the “Pending Real Properties” page and has Mr. Fox sign a
person statement, stating his allegation that he doesn’t own the property.
The CS visits the county tax assessor’s website and runs a search by property address
for 10021 Lost River Hwy. The assessor’s website shows that “Alan Fox” has owned the
property, a tract of unimproved land, since April 2018. The CS presents the website
information to Mr. Fox, but he continues to deny owning the property.
The CS then calls the county’s property tax assessor’s office and speaks with a tax
official about the property at 10021 Lost River Hwy. The tax official confirms that
“Alan Fox” is the current owner of the property. To ensure this is not a case of mistaken
identity due to a common name mismatch, the CS asks for the mailing address of the
property’s tax bill and for the names of any co-owners. The official indicates there
are no co-owners and the tax bill address is 123 Any St.
Because the tax bill address matches the home address we have on file for Mr. Fox,
we have sufficient proof that Mr. Fox is the owner and can move forward with making
an NHRP resource determination. The CS obtains documentation from the tax official
showing that Mr. Fox became the owner in April 2018 and that the property’s tax-assessed
value has been $35,000 each year since then. We notify Mr. Fox of our findings. When
presented with this new information, Mr. Fox now recalls that his uncle passed away
three years ago and left the property to him. He alleges no encumbrances or situations
that would prevent him from selling the property.
The CS records the updated statement regarding the property on a DROC. On the “Pending
Real Properties” page, the CS updates the property decision and selects the “Add new
property” option. The CS lists the property on the Real Property page in the SSI claim
system as of April 2018, but excludes it until May 2019, the earliest date we can
count it under the rules of administrative finality. From May 2019 onward, the CS
uses the tax-assessed value shown on the tax assessment records as the CMV. The CS
then uploads the evidence into the electronic folder.