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How to consolidate real estate parcels

How to consolidate real estate parcels

You can combine the parcel where your home is located with neighboring lots to create one property tax bill. You have two options:

Step
1

Before you get started in person

You CANNOT combine different lots into one property tax bill if:

  • the names on the deeds for each parcel are different
  • there are outstanding taxes for any of the parcels
  • any of the parcels are under review for an abatement, or in an appeal for overvaluation
  • one parcel is taxable and another is tax exempt
  • any of the parcels were purchased from the City of Boston with a deed restriction, unless designated as a "Remnant Program" parcel
  • the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds has one of the parcels listed as recorded land, and another parcel as registered land
  • one of the parcels is part recorded and part registered land
  • one of the parcels is classified as condo parking, or
  • one parcel is a condominium. The owner/representative must record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2016 FY 2018
January 1, 2017 FY 2019

If the residential or commercial property straddles two or more lots:

  • you may need to provide a consolidation plan that is prepared by a registered surveyor, and
  • you must record the plan at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Consolidation plan filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2017 FY 2019
January 1, 2018 FY 2020

Please note: commercial parcels can’t be combined if the lots have different uses.

Step
2

Complete your consolidation form

Please complete and print out the Real Estate Parcel Consolidation formYou can also fill out a form when you visit City Hall.

Step
3

Go to Boston City Hall

You can bring your completed form, or fill out a new one, at:

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Step
1

Before you get started by mail

You CANNOT combine different lots into one property tax bill if:

  • the names on the deeds for each parcel are different
  • there are outstanding taxes for any of the parcels
  • any of the parcels are under review for an abatement, or in an appeal for overvaluation
  • one parcel is taxable and another is tax exempt
  • any of the parcels were purchased from the City of Boston with a deed restriction, unless designated as a "Remnant Program" parcel
  • the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds has one of the parcels listed as recorded land, and another parcel as registered land
  • one of the parcels is part recorded and part registered land
  • one of the parcels is classified as condo parking, or
  • one parcel is a condominium. The owner/representative must record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2016 FY 2018
January 1, 2017 FY 2019

If the residential or commercial property straddles two or more lots:

  • you may need to provide a consolidation plan that is prepared by a registered surveyor, and
  • you must record the plan at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Consolidation plan filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2017 FY 2019
January 1, 2018 FY 2020

Please note: commercial parcels can’t be combined if the lots have different uses.

Step
2

Complete your consolidation form

Please complete and print out the Real Estate Parcel Consolidation formYou can also call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287 and we will send you a form.

Step
3

Mail the form to the City

Attn: Consolidation RQ
Assessing Department, Room 301, 1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201-1050
United States
Need to Know:

The Assessing Department has the right to deny your application if you don’t meet our conditions. We aren’t responsible for your failure to get a bank or a lender’s approval for your consolidation.

This consolidation is ONLY for tax bill purposes, and land court will not recognize it.

If you were getting a residential exemption, you will need to reapply after combining your parcels. Learn more about the residential exemption.

Contact:
Assessing
617-635-4287
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States