Should I Appeal?

A property owner, after receiving the “Notice of Assessment,” may disagree with the assessed value of the property and want to appeal the decision. The two basic reasons for a property owner to appeal are that, in the opinion of the owner:

  1. The property has been assessed for an amount that is either higher or lower than the actual value; and/or
  2. The property was not assessed uniformly with similar properties in similar neighborhoods where the property is located.

The resolution of a disagreement surrounding an assessment can be a three-part process

  1. The assessor involved will examine the assessment records for possible errors as well as review any other information presented by the property owner. 
  2. If the owner remains dissatisfied and wishes to pursue the appeal, the owner has access to an independent Assessment Review Commission. The commission will hear the evidence of both sides and make a decision.
  3. Decisions of the Assessment Review Commission can be appealed to the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland & Labrador.

The following steps may help you determine if you should appeal

Step 1:            

Review your assessment notice and confirm that the information for your property is correct. 

Step 2:

If you believe the information on your notice is incorrect, you can request a copy of your property’s detailed information for comparison, by contacting the Agency toll free at 1-877-777-2807 or by email at [email protected]

Step 3:

You can also call and ask to speak to an assessor to discuss specifics of your property or the assessment process.

Step 4: 

If you are satisfied with the results, the issue is considered resolved and no further action is required.

Step 5:

If you are dissatisfied, you can appeal by filing online or by mail.

When To Make An Appeal

The deadline to file an appeal is within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice of assessment.  The exact date can be found in Box 3 on your assessment notice.  Please note, the appeal must be received or postmarked on or before the date indicated.  The legislation does not permit the Agency to accept late appeals.