Dec 10, 2009, 3:53 PM
Post #33 of 39
All I have to say is that if you have lived ANYWHERE in México, you should already know that "urban legends" about anything to do with governmental affairs/actions/or whatever is that it is MORE LIKELY to be an urban legend than not if you hear it from an average Mexican regardless of wealth or education. That is why Rolly's advice is the best. Asking the people who know for certain about something is the ONLY way to get the straight dope. If you ask this question about predial at the office where it is collected in your local Palacio Municipal (el catastro)+
, you will get the correct answer and it is VERY unlikely that this would trigger some imaginary reassessment like it might if you asked the same sort of question in your county assessor's office in the U.S.
I and my wife own two houses in Mazatlán. We paid less for the second than for the first, so the predial was less. Both are in the same working-class neighborhood. We have done no construction on the first house and the predial assessment has never changed in 11 years. We have turned the second house from a small, run-down one-story house into a totally modern, remodeled two-story house with a rooftop patio (from about 1200 sq. ft. to over 3,000 sq. ft.). All of the work done on the second house had properly filed plans and building permits from the Palacio Municipal. Guess what? The predial assessment is still the same as it started out before the remodeling and construction 8 years ago! But, there is NO rebar sticking out of the roof, at least not for the last 3 or 4 years.
I guess that says that you don't have to have rebar sticking out of the roof to prevent reassessment!
In México, even more so than NOB, you should never ask these sorts of questions of your neighbor. You should ALWAYS ask these sorts of questions of the people who absolutely know the correct answer. Ask visa (FMT, FM3, FM2) questions at INM (Migración). Ask questions about car importation and other importation at your local customs (Aduana) office. Ask questions about becoming a citizen of México at your local SRE (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) office, etc., etc., etc. DON'T keep passing on whatever you heard from your neighbor, whether he is Mexican or expat. STOP all the misleading and wrong urban legends about México!
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Dec 10, 2009, 4:20 PM)