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We offer a full range of services including valuation, property tax consulting and advisory services. Our team also offers customized valuations for specialty real estate including hotels, resorts, and multiresidential developments. From a single commercial asset to a national portfolio of properties, we provide you with accurate and timely information that will help you better understand the value of your assets and make business decisions accordingly. 

 

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  • Experienced Team 50+ Years Combined Property Tax Experience
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  • Boardroom 2,500+ Assessment Review Board Hearings

Our Process

The Pre-Roll Consultation

The Pre-Roll Consultation Period is a time where agencies can review a property’s “Preliminary Assessment Notice”. After reviewing the value the City has assigned to the property, Colliers is able to speak with assessors to try and reduce this value, prior to the assessment being mailed out. This is a process that allows owners to have more accurate property tax budgets for the following year and allows an opportunity for a reduction without a formal appeal being filed. 

Pre-Roll-Consultation

Customer Review Period

The Customer Review Period is the time between the Assessment Notice being mailed and the deadline to file an appeal. During this process, Colliers reviews hundreds of Assessment Notices to determine whether an appeal is necessary and worthwhile for the client. It is also a time in which Colliers can speak with assessors to try and come to agreements without the need for a formal appeal to be filed. Each property will be given a report outlining whether an appeal is recommended, with detailed reasons as to why we believe a reduction is achievable.

Customer-Review-Period

Evidence, Rebuttal & Hearings

Once an appeal is filed, Colliers’ will represent each property at the Composite Assessment Review Board. It is a Quasi-Judicial Board made up of real estate professionals, and their purpose is to decide whether assessments are fair and equitable. The process consists of Colliers and the Assessment Department exchanging evidence, and we are given an opportunity to formally rebut their evidence before we appear at the Board for the hearing. Within 30 days of the hearing, a Written Decision is issued to both the owner of the property and Colliers notifying us of the result.

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FAQ


The foundation for lowering your tax burden is based on two principles - an equitable (fair) assessment and a correct (market value) assessment. These principles are founded in the governing legislation, and a broad range of case law throughout Canada. 


An equitable assessment requires that you be assessed in a similar manner with similar rates to similar properties. A review of the assessment parameters for your neighbors and competitors within the municipality determines how to proceed in this regard. 


A correct assessment requires that your assessment reflect the current market value of the property within the governing legislation.


We provide a no cost property assessment review – there will be no charge unless we reduce your property taxes. 


We have 50+ years of property tax litigation experience to ensure you don’t pay more than your fair share of property tax. Colliers will conduct a thorough market and equity analysis to ensure your property is assessed at fair market value.


Pre-roll consultation

October – November 

 

Customer Review Period

January – March 

 

Evidence, Rebuttal & Hearings

May – October 


Read our full article for a detailed provincial and municipal breakdown

Recent Successes


Rural Properties

Rural Property – Industrial

Size

1,015,740 SF

 
Original Assessment

$151,200,000

 
Revised Assessment

$90,000,000 

 
Tax Savings

$630,000 

 
Assessment Reduction

40%

sub office
Suburban Office

Size

178,343 SF

 

Original Assessment

$32,650,000 

 

Revised Assessment

$27,300,000 

 

Tax Savings

$110,000

 

Assessment Reduction

16%

beltline retail
Beltline Retail
Size

4,000 SF 

 

Original Assessment

$4,210,000 

 

Revised Assessment

$2,140,000 

 

Tax Savings

$43,000 

 

Assessment Reduction

49%

commercial land

Commercial Land

Size

53,245 SF 

 

Original Assessment

$22,350,000 

 

Revised Assessment

$19,150,000 

 

Tax Savings

$66,000 

 

Assessment Reduction

14%

high rise
High Rise Multi-Residential
Units

101

 

Original Assessment

$21,984,000 

 

Revised Assessment

$18,885,000 

 

Tax Savings

$32,000 

 

Assessment Reduction

14%

holiday inn
Holiday Inn
Rooms

189 

 

Original Assessment

$17,320,500

 

Revised Assessment

$12,836,500 

 

Tax Savings

$108,283 

 

Assessment Reduction

26%


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