City of Vancouver urges homeowners to make their Empty Homes Tax declaration

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Mayor Gregor Robertson

The Empty Homes Tax is one of the many tools we’re implementing to address Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

gregor-robertsonEvery Vancouver residential property owner has been sent instructions on how to make their Empty Homes Tax property status declaration. Residents are encourage to declare immediately to avoid unnecessary fines and penalties.

Declarations can be made:

  • Online
  • In person at City Hall
  • Over the phone by calling 3-1-1

“The Empty Homes Tax is one of the many tools we’re implementing to address Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “At a time when we have a near-zero vacancy rate and Vancouverites are struggling to find housing, we cannot sit back as more than 25,000 residential properties sit empty and under-occupied. We would like to urge all homeowners to submit their declarations as soon as possible – it’s a quick and simple process to complete.”

The city is offering a number of support services to assist homeowners through the declaration process, including:

  • Information sessions at community centres
  • Technical assistance at all Vancouver Public Library locations

Every owner of residential property in Vancouver is required to submit a declaration by
February 2, 2018. Homeowners who fail to declare by the due date will have their properties deemed vacant and will be subject to the Empty Homes Tax at a rate of 1% of the property’s 2017 assessed taxable value, as well as a $250 penalty.

On average, it only takes two minutes to complete the online declaration.

Residents who would prefer to declare in person may visit City Hall during opening hours to receive assistance from staff.

Homeowners who require translation services can complete their declaration over the phone by calling 3-1-1 and using our call centre translation service. Alternatively, they may give permission for someone to submit their declaration on their behalf.