NS--Property Information Available Free On-line

Nova Scotians will now have more information about their property assessments through free online access to sales data from the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) effective January 14.

Previously, sales information used for property assessments was not broadly available to the public and only provided to owners who appealed a property assessment.

Property sales data on comparable properties from July 2010 will be available online at www.pvsc.ca.

Property sales data is used for property assessment purposes. Making this information more easily available will allow property owners to make informed decisions about whether or not to appeal their property assessment based upon market values.

The Nova Scotia Association of Realtors is pleased to see these changes to assessment appeals and access to information.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations amended the Municipal Government Act in the spring of 2012 to allow for the disclosure of property sales prices and related information to the public.

The Assessment Act was also amended to extend the property assessment appeal period from 21 days to 31 days, change the name of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court to the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and clarify its authority. These changes went into effect Jan. 1, 2013.