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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the Realty Services Division deal with private purchases or sales of homes?

  2. Is it the responsibility of the Realty Services Division to settle Landlord/Tenant disputes within the city limits?

  3. When property is purchased from the City, what are the basic procedures?

  4. When purchasing property from the City, who is responsible for paying the costs incurred as a result of title work, surveys and appraisals?

  5. Where can I find information regarding Property Taxes and/or Property Ownership?

  6. Who is responsible for maintenance of City-owned properties?

  7. Where can a citizen obtain a list of all City properties for sale?

  8. Does the Real Estate Division rent or lease houses?

  9. How do I contact Realty Services?

  10. Do I need a lawyer?

  11. How do I make a Proposal (Offer)?

  12. Can I purchase the lane/street beside my property?

Does the Realty Services Division deal with private purchases or sales of homes?

No, Realty Services only deals with realty matters on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay. Private purchases and sales would be dealt with through local realtors and solicitors.

Is it the responsibility of the Realty Services Division to settle Landlord/Tenant disputes within the city limits?

No, Realty Services is only responsible for landlord/tenant disputes that involve property the City of Thunder Bay owns or leases.

When property is purchased from the City, what are the basic procedures?

Once an offer is accepted by the City after submission of an Application to Purchase City Land or by letter, an Agreement of Purchase and Sale is prepared by Realty Services and presented by the purchaser. The Agreement must be accompanied by a deposit of 5% of the purchase price. The Agreement will then be executed by the Manager of the Development Department, if the purchase price is less than $100,000. If the purchase price is higher, a report to Council is presented for approval of the sale and execution of the Agreement. A copy is then forwarded to the purchaser to provide to their solicitor for completion of title searches. The balance is due on closing, at which time the property is transferred. 

When purchasing property from the City, who is responsible for paying the costs incurred as a result of title work, surveys and appraisals?

Normally the vendor completes the survey and appraisal work to prepare the property for sale, unless the purchaser questions the value and would like to hire their own appraiser. In the case of an applicant pursuing the City to sell a parcel of land it was not prepared at that time to sell, then the purchaser would pay all costs associated with the sale. Title work is normally done by the purchaser's solicitor.

Where can I find information regarding Property Taxes and/or Property Ownership?

Tax information can be obtained from the City's Finance Department (807-625-2255) or Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (807-622-1400) and ownership information can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office (807-625-2230) or the Land Registry Office (807-343-7436).

Who is responsible for maintenance of City-owned properties?

The City Department that has jurisdiction over the property (e.g., Infrastructure & Operations for road/lane issues, Parks Division for parkland/open space, Realty Services Division - surplus property).

Where can a citizen obtain a list of all City properties for sale?

The Realty Services Division in Victoriaville Civic Centre has a master list of surplus properties available for sale by the Corporation.  The City of Thunder Bay website also has a limited list of residential and commercial properties listed.

Does the Real Estate Division rent or lease houses?

All housing rentals are dealt with through the City of Thunder Bay's Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

How do I contact Realty Services?

View the Realty Services web page or the About Realty Services web page for contact information.

Do I need a lawyer?

In some cases you may and some you may not. The decision is yours to make.

How do I make a proposal (Offer)?

Send a letter detailing your proposal and contact information or submit a completed Application to Purchase City Land. You can also come to the Realty Services Office in Victoriaville Civic Centre to speak to an Agent.

Can I purchase the lane/street beside my property?

The City's street and lane closing policy provides for the closing and sale of lanes under certain circumstances.  But one major criterion is that the entire lane within the block must be closed and sold in its entirety to the abutting owners in order to prevent land-locking the remnant portions of the lane. In most cases, this requirement alone is sufficiently onerous to make residential lane/street closings quite impractical. If you have questions about a lane/street closing please contact the Realty Services Division.