Starting in 2019, all property assessment appeals must be done electronically. Property owners can appeal their assessment on their own through the Lake County Board of Review. No attorney is required for a residential appeal. To appeal a property assessment, use the SmartFile E-Filing Portal.
Prior to filing a formal appeal to the Board of Review, property owners should contact their local township assessors office to discuss their concerns. There is a 30-day deadline from the date of publication to file an assessment appeal. The filing deadline for each property is listed on the assessment notice
Special Instructions for Property Owners in Cuba, Ela, Grant, Libertyville and Vernon Townships
The assessment appeal process for the five townships listed above is different than other townships in Lake County because they have chosen to use a different software system. This decision to move to a separate system impacts how taxpayers in these townships review and appeal their assessments.