Authorities in Miami-Dade County are offering help to homeowners with tainted Chinese drywall in the form of lowered property taxes and no charge to pull permits for related repairs.

The county’s building department is waiving permitting fees for work to repair harm caused by the tainted drywall. Contaminated Chinese drywall emits chemicals that cause a foul odor and the corrosion of metal components linked to the failure of household electrical and plumbing systems and appliances. The waiver of permit fees will be retroactive. Homeowners who made repairs without the required permits are also encouraged to come forward.

Likewise, the county property appraiser will consider adjusting the assessed value of affected homes based on repair costs, leading to a reduction of property taxes. To be eligible, homeowners need to provide one piece of evidence as described on the appraiser’s website, www.miamidade.gov/pa.

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