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In most jurisdictions an apartment building will be taxed much lower than a nursing home. The skilled medical services offered in a nursing home and the need for 24-hour supervision of patients create properties subject to significantly higher property taxes.

Recently, assessing authorities have begun to characterize assisted-living facilities for seniors as nursing homes, thus unreasonably increasing their taxes. The problem lies in a complete misunderstanding of what assisted-living facilities are. They are first and foremost residential buildings with self-contained living units. The residents lease their apartments and then contract for basic services that help them live independently. Among the basic living services available are weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, health and exercise programs and transportation.

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