Properties Damaged by Hurricane Matthew May Be Eligible for Partial Real Estate Tax Abatement

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew that are vacant, unlivable or unusable may qualify for a Partial Real Estate Tax abatement, if the homeowners cannot live or use the property for at least thirty days. The tax abatement:

  • will be effective Oct. 1, 2016 until Jan. 1, 2017, unless notice is given that the property is still unfit for occupancy on Jan. 1, 2017.
  • will be limited to the value of the structure only

Owners of the property must apply for such tax abatement by filling out the form posted on or calling (757) 385-4601, select option 3, to receive an application form by mail, email or fax.

Applications must be submitted via the form on, emailed:; faxed: (757) 385-5727; sent by regular mail or made in person at the Real Estate Assessor's Office located at the Municipal Center, Bldg. 18, 2nd Floor, Room 247, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23456.

This tax abatement is authorized by Section 58.1-3222, Code of Virginia; levies on buildings which are razed or destroyed or damaged by a fortuitous happening beyond the control of the owner.

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