What to do if your MPAC property report is late

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

February 13th, 2009

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A reader contacted Cottage Life today asking how she could find out which properties were used by MPAC to determine her assessment. We suggested that she phone MPAC directly. She did, and then was kind enough to let us know what happened.  Here’s what she said:

I phoned MPAC.

When I initially e-mailed them awhile back requesting help viewing the map and other properties of interest on AboutMyProperty, they apparently submitted a request at that time, on my behalf, for a property report containing properties selected by MPAC. (I later, 3 months later—thanks a lot—discovered that the darn map only works if you use Internet Explorer as a browser.) According to the gentleman I spoke with, my report is almost ready and they will either e-mail or mail it to me. Apparently, they use any number up to six (but not necessarily six) of comparable properties for the report.

I said, “I have a friend who would also like to request this report, will it take three months for MPAC to process her report as well?” He said it will take some time as there are many, many requests coming in, but he hopes it won’t take three months. If the deadline comes around before the report is received, then he recommends filing the appeal “Request For Reconsideration” anyway and under Reasons For…, put “waiting for property report from MPAC.”

The bottom is is that cottagers should submit requests ASAP
by e-mail*: enquiry@mpac.ca
by mail: PO Box 9808, Toronto ON M1S 5T9, or
by fax: 1-866-297-6703

* Your e-mail address should include your name, presumably so they know you’re legitimate.

In your request, include your name, roll number, mailing address, and a note requesting the property report containing the comparable properties that MPAC used to determine your property assessment.

The deadline for filing is  March 31, 2009. If you need more information, go to the Resolving Assessment Concerns section of the MPAC site.

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