Wind turbines hurt homes’ resale value

The Whig Standard,

I am writing concerning the article which described the Kenneys’ challenge of their Municipal Assessment based on being surrounded by industrial wind turbines ( “Agency to probe turbine impact,” Sept. 15). Andy Anstett, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation spokesman, claims that there is no evidence based upon house sales near the turbines to support the claim for loss of property value. “We’ve had no sales on Wolfe Island and we still don’t have any,” he said.

That is precisely the point. Across Ontario, rural residents among turbines are finding their houses un-saleable. Would you buy a house among 86 industrial wind turbines, 28 of them visible from the home and the nearest just 750 metres away? Some of the homes on Wolfe Island are within 500 metres of the nearest turbine.

Across Ontario there are complaints of turbine noise causing annoyance, sleep disturbance and consequent health problems. Medical and other authorities recommend setbacks from homes of 1.5 to 2 km. This advice has been ignored by the wind energy industry and the Ontario government.

John Harrison, Stella

8 thoughts on “Wind turbines hurt homes’ resale value

  1. Thank you, Professor Harrison for setting the record straight.

    The Norfolk Victims of Industrial Wind Turbines [NVoIWT’s] also live surrounded by two IWT ZONES one of 38 stretching ~ 12 km along the north shore of Lake Erie and the other a cluster of 18 IWT’s all jammed in within a 3 km radius where there are ~ 140 houses and last year > 70 people signed a petition saying they were affected by the IWT’s.

    Furthermore, there are ~ 10 abandoned houses, ~ 8 unoccupied for sale, ~ 9 occupied for sale and ~ 8 which are now only used sporadically. Some of the houses have been for sale > 3 years ever since the first series of IWT’s started operating. NONE of the houses are selling so no “market trend” can be determined. In other jurisdictions such as Winconsin, properties surrounded by IWT’s have sold at 1/3 of their “appraised” value!

  2. Thank you for putting the truth out there!!! We know the government and the Wind Turbine Industry won’t.

    Once again, I put a challenge to Mr. (NIMBY) McGuinty. If these Industrial Wind Turbines are so great why don’t you set a “good example” and put them 540 meters from your front/back yard, or at your cottage in the Miskokas. Obviously, because you know they are not good for your health, devalue property, are just plain ugly and useless. To top it off, we are paying for the large subsidies given to these wind turbine companies through our taxes and escalating hydro bills. Take away the subsidies and the Wind Turbine Corporations will disappear over the horizon. Shame on you!

    This is a Democracy even though you are trying to make it a Dictatorship with your shady and heavy-handed dealings with your foreign corporate buddies.

    We will not just roll over and let you get away with this. You are in for some huge battles.

    I live in Huron-Kinloss and you have taken our municipalities abilities to protect their citizens away and want to put these monstrosities 540 metres from the front of residences and in Lake Huron.

    We will fight back and we will win!!!

    You were voted in and can just as easily be voted out in the next election Oct. 2011. It’s way past time for change. A government who truly listen’s to the people and runs the government transparently and gives the municipalites back their rights to govern their communities.

  3. Johana,

    Have any of the property owners in your area tried to have their taxes lowered?

    Seems 3 years is more than sufficient time to prove property in your area near the turbines has been devalued for tax purposes.

    However,each property is a separate case for tax reduction purposes.

    So even if not salable the taxes should be reduced so as not to be such a burden on the property owners.

  4. Barbara,
    here is part of the MPAC’s response to home owners in Norfolk who filed unsuccessfully for reconsideration of their 2010 property assessment:
    “To date, MPAC’s analysis of sales does not indicate that the presence of wind turbines that are either abutting or in proximity to a property has either a positive or negative impact on its value.”

  5. This is a tough situation to get around.

    Just the fact that the property is not saleable should be sufficient reason for devaluation and reduced taxes.

    Another try should be made perhaps with a differen approach to the problem. However,it’s not for me to tell others what’s best to do.

    Hate to see people have to abandon their property and lose everything.

    The end result of this is going to be loss of tax revenues for the province. This is what MPAC is trying to avoid by pretending that the presence of turbines in an area has no effect on property values.

  6. Johana’

    So that’s almost 25% of the properties in your area that could be called distressed properties.

    The distressed property data from all areas affected by wind turbines should be compiled and made public.

  7. Sorry, 35 out of 140 is 25%. This percentage could also affect the values of other homes in your area as prospective buyers will take note of that many distressed homes for sale.

  8. Has anybody appealed their assessment and brought it to the Assessment Review Board level? As of 2009, the onus is on MPAC to prove that the property value is correct. If no properties have sold in 3 years, they must be using sales outside the direct vicinity to arrive at their property values or time adjusting older sales that occured before this was an issue. This fact alone is a good argument. The problem however would be how to arrive at an appropriate reduction to the property values. MPAC typically makes negative adjustments to property values for properties that abut highways, commercial properties, hydro lines etc. There should be an adjustment for Wind Turbines to say the least.

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