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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

Before you get started

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
  • there are deed restrictions on any of the parcels
  • 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 used for a condominium. You need to record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2015 FY 2017
January 1, 2016 FY 2018

If you want to consolidate two or more lots:

  • you need to create a consolidation plan that is set up 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, 2016 FY 2018
January 1, 2017 FY 2019

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

Step

Complete your consolidation plan

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

Step

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

Before you get started

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
  • there are deed restrictions on any of the parcels
  • 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 used for a condominium. You need to record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2015 FY 2017
January 1, 2016 FY 2018

If you want to consolidate two or more lots:

  • you need to create a consolidation plan that is set up 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, 2016 FY 2018
January 1, 2017 FY 2019

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

Step

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

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
617-635-4321
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011
United States