AS of January 4, 50 per cent of residential property owners in Vancouver had completed their annual Empty Homes Tax (EHT) property status declaration.
Declarations, which relate to the property’s status in the 2021 tax year, are due by February 2. A $250 by-law fine will apply to declarations received after this due date.
If a property is declared vacant, or deemed or determined vacant under the EHT program, it will be subject to the tax at a rate of three per cent (3%) of its 2021 assessed taxable value (note the rate has increased from 1.25% for 2020).
The City reminds owners that most homes will not be assessed the tax, as it does not apply to principal residences, properties that are rented out for at least six months of the year, or properties that are eligible for an exemption.
Even if a property meets these criteria, an annual declaration is still required. If a property is co-owned, only one owner is required to declare.
Declarations can be made online quickly and easily at vancouver.ca/eht-declare.
For help, chat live with an advisor at vancouver.ca, or call 3-1-1 (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000).
The City introduced the Empty Homes Tax in 2017 with the goal of returning empty or under-utilized properties to the rental market as long-term rental homes for people who live and work in Vancouver. Statistics released in the latest Empty Homes Tax Annual Report show that this goal is being realized, with the number of vacant homes continuing to decrease year over year. In addition, $86.6 million in revenue from the tax has been allocated to support affordable housing initiatives.
The City of Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax; inquiries regarding the province’s tax may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-833-554-2323.
Find out more, or make a declaration, at vancouver.ca/eht-declare.