Revenue Service is conducting a tax sale for properties with significant unpaid taxes. 19 Burnbrook Crescent is on the list of properties for sale. I am pleased to see this property moving forward as I have been working on a resolution since I took office in December 2018. The original house on the property lay vacant and dilapidated for some time. Working with the Chief Building Official we had it deemed unsafe, and at a state of non-repair requiring that it be demolished in the interest of public safety.
Normally, this would have been a straightforward process, but there were couple of complicating factors:
- The Corporate Owner became defunct, and the property now comes under the control of the Forfeited Corporate Property Realty Division of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Province of Ontario, pursuant to the Forfeited Corporate Property Act, 2015, S.O. 2015, Chap J8, Schedule 7.
- The Provincial Ministry of Revenue had a small Priority Lien registered on Title.
- The Canada Revenue Agency had a large Priority Lien registered on Title.
- The City of Ottawa had a large Priority Lien registered on Title for unpaid Taxes and the Cost of Fencing.
- There is a small Lien registered on Title.
- The total Liens likely exceed the value of the Property.
This property Under the Municipal Act, the City is required to advertise the sale of the properties for four consecutive weeks in a local publication and once in the Ontario Gazette. The City is advertising eleven (11) properties. Five of the eleven properties are residential (2 being apartment complexes), the remainder being vacant land and commercial properties.
The tender opening will be held at 101 Centrepointe Drive, The Ben Franklin Place Chamber, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 3:00 pm.
Listing a property for tax sale is done only as a last resort. Prior to arriving at this stage, numerous tax bills, statements and notices have been sent to the property owner. Revenue staff have made many attempts to arrange a satisfactory repayment schedule with the property owners. Each property owner has had plenty of opportunity to keep the City from taking this serious action. To be eligible for the tax sale, the property owner must owe taxes from 2020 and prior.
Residents can refer to the Sale of properties with unpaid taxes page on Ottawa.ca or call 613 580 2740 for more information.