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How can I confirm who owns property (private vs publicly owned)

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Post by Scott in Houston » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:41 pm

I'm having to go to the Alley Theater in Houston, and it's posted, but I'm 99% sure it's publicly owned property, therefore illegally posted.
How can I find a "list" or a confirmation of what is owned by the county/city/state, etc?

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Post by Pawpaw » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:50 pm

Have you tried the county appraisal district website?

http://hcad.org/
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Post by Scott in Houston » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:51 pm

Pawpaw wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:50 pm
Have you tried the county appraisal district website?
I haven't, but great idea.

And now that I read it, my first thought is "duh!" :lol:


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Post by Tejas59 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:52 pm

A quick answer is to check the county appraisal district website. CAD's can sometimes be incorrect if the property changed hands recently, but are usually useful. In this case hcad.org shows the owner as "Alley Theatre". My guess would be it's a non-profit corporation that owns the theater...but that's all I have, a guess. You'd have to research the entity "Alley Theatre" to find out more...

Looks like Pawpaw and me were thinking alike and typing at the same time. Clearly he has faster fingers :cool:
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Post by Scott in Houston » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:57 pm

Tejas59 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:52 pm
A quick answer is to check the county appraisal district website. CAD's can sometimes be incorrect if the property changed hands recently, but are usually useful. In this case hcad.org shows the owner as "Alley Theatre". My guess would be it's a non-profit corporation that owns the theater...but that's all I have, a guess. You'd have to research the entity "Alley Theatre" to find out more...
Thank you. I was just doing that, and that's what I'm finding. It's definitely a non-profit organization, but I'm amazed that they own the building. From what I can tell, they very well may.


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Post by HD76 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:39 pm

If you look at the class code for the property, it will tell you if the property is government or not. ‘XV’ is ‘other exempt(government)’. Alley Theater property is classified as XV. Probably another of those hybrid public/private ventures like Discovery Green park.

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Post by Scott in Houston » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:49 pm

HD76 wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:39 pm
If you look at the class code for the property, it will tell you if the property is government or not. ‘XV’ is ‘other exempt(government)’. Alley Theater property is classified as XV. Probably another of those hybrid public/private ventures like Discovery Green park.
Ah... interesting. Thank you. Well, it seems illegally posted based on that information.
I don't expect our AG to do anything about it, but I plan to write the appropriate letters now...


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Post by Tejas59 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:35 pm

I'm not an expert on property codes for tax purposes but thought XV is just a property that doesn't fit in other exempt categories. Could be church, non-profits, charities, and such?

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