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I feel your pain!

We had a similar issue happen this year but not to the same extent (we had a much smaller % increase). Here are a few suggestions before you go get yourself a lawyer:

1 - Find out why the tax jump occured from $100 to $500. To me it seems suspicous (sic?) that the property manager (PM) got it wrong and you know the City most likely only issued one increase. Try to get copies of the original paperwork from the City from your PM. He might be uncomfortable doing this if something shady is going on.

2 - It is not surprising your tax went up as the building is new. However, the PM, as the owner's agent should be appealing it with their own lawyer. Find out if they are using a lawyer and who. They also should have known this was coming down the pipe. Our notice said "We appealed the decision and lost" so it seems odd that your appeal hasn't been heard before they are asking for money.

As you can see, based on the little information I have, this all seems a little odd to me. See if you can get the documents and if the PM cooperates with you. Get proof from the City your tax assessment went up. Check with the other tenants (if there aren't a lot) or at least some of them.

If it seems odd maybe the group of tenants can hire a lawyer as opposed to flying solo. First rely on the PM's lawyer as long as you're not getting the run-around from the PM.

Good luck.

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