Appealing Your Property Assessments

Prior to appealing an assessment an owner needs to be aware of the following:

  • Large % increase does not necessarily merit an appeal. It may have been too low before.
  • Do not appeal without checking that assessed value is not too low.
  • BCA can increase assessments once an appeal is lodged.
  • Non receipt of notice is NOT an excuse for appealing late.
  • “No increase” or “decrease” does not necessarily mean the assessment is correct.
  • The value could be correct, BUT inequitable with your neighbours.
  • BCA do MASS appraisal and do not always account for the positives and negatives of your property.
  • Assessed value does not necessarily equal market value or sale price.
  • If you miss the January 31st deadline you cannot appeal until next year.