Number of West Vancouver condo owners appealing property assessments quadrupled

More condo owners in West Vancouver have appealed their property assessments this year than homeowners across B.C. as a whole

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North Shore News
April 26, 2019





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About 3.5 per cent of West Vancouver’s 3,452 condo owners are appealing their assessments this year, according to figures released by BC Assessment. | North Shore News
A larger percentage of condo owners in West Vancouver have appealed their property assessments this year than homeowners across B.C. as a whole.
 
About 3.5 per cent of West Vancouver’s 3,452 condo owners – 122 owners – are appealing their assessments this year, about four times the number who appealed last year.
 
In the City and District of North Vancouver less than one-half of a per cent of condo owners appealed their assessments.
 
Rates of assessment appeals launched by single family homeowners in West Vancouver were also higher than those of surrounding detached homeowners in North Vancouver.
 
About 1.5 per cent of West Vancouver’s approximately 12,000 single-family homeowners appealed their assessments this year compared to about half a per cent of detached homeowners in North Vancouver.
 
The figures were recently released by BC Assessment.
 
Considered in total, about one per cent of all homeowners on the North Shore are disputing the value assigned to their property.
 
Across B.C., about 1.6 per cent of property owners are appealing their assessments.
 
The deadline for requesting an appeal this year was Jan. 31.
 
BC Assessment sets a value on all property in the province, based on a date of July 1 each year.
 
Since then, the assessed value of properties was set, home values have generally been falling across the region – although that is not considered a factor in an appeal.
 
Latest figures from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver put the “benchmark price” of a typical West Vancouver condo at about $1.1 million and the price of a detached home at $2.5 million.
 
Prices of benchmark homes in North Vancouver are about $567,000 for an apartment and $1.5 million for a single-family home.

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