Real Estate Law

COVID-19 crisis or not, April 30, 2020 is the last day to file a contestation of the evaluation of an immovable pursuant to the new triennial assessment roll

Apr 9th, 2020

By Laurent Debrun

Covid-19 superior force crisis or not, you have until April 30, 2020 to file your administrative contestation of the new assessment roll affecting your property. Should you fail to file the review application within this strict deadline, you will be deemed to have accepted the new increased value ascribed to your immovable. The following message appears on the City of Montreal’s Covid-19 urgent message:

Service de l’évaluation foncière counters are closed until further notice. You may request a review by mail. If you have questions, contact us at 514-280-3825 or by e-mail at

It is known since September 2019 that many municipalities have filed their new 2020-2022 assessment roll. The values used for the new roll are supposed to reflect market conditions as at July 1, 2018. The new roll is in force since January 1, 2020 and until December 31, 2022. We act for persons wishing to contest the assessment of a property. The following factors play an important role when first dealing with the city appraiser or, failing an agreement, with the administrative tribunal: rent roll, similar comparable neighbouring property values, bad debts, change of destination or use, type of permit (s) held, operating expenses, occupancy rates, major work required in the near future, etc.