For Property Owners

Assessor's Responsibilities

  • Assessor has the right to have access to a property at any reasonable time to carry out his/her duties.
  • All information concerning the property that would help the assessor is required to be provided by any adult present at the time of the visit.
  • If the necessary information cannot be supplied at the time of the assessor's first visit, then the assessor can request either orally or in writing, the particulars from anyone who may have knowledge of the property. “Anyone” can include: owners, tenants, architects, contractors, etc. The information can vary from sale prices or rentals paid to construction and operating costs.
  • The person who was written has 45 days from the date of delivery or mailing to provide all the information within his or her knowledge or possession. Any information that the person is unable to provide should be noted in the correspondence.
  • If the assessor is not satisfied with the accuracy or truthfulness of the information supplied, he/she has the right and a duty to challenge it.
  • The assessor has the right to make an assessment of any property with or without the detailed information concerning that property. The assessment is based on the fair market value.
  • An assessor is not required to accept the information given by anyone concerning the property.
  • If a person claims ownership of a property and the assessor has reason to believe that the individual in question does not have legal title to it, the assessor can leave the person's name off the assessment roll.

Penalties

  • A person who refuses to permit an assessor to enter real property or to provide information shall not be entitled to appeal an assessment until access is granted or the information is provided.
  • For any offence under the act a person may be fined.
  • Reference Sections 7 and 47 of the Assessment Act, 2006 opens new window