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Will your home be taxed

Properties deemed vacant will be subject to a tax of 1% of the property’s assessed taxable value.

Empty Homes Tax declaration due date

Declaration for 2017:  February 2, 2018

Empty Homes Tax payment: April 16, 2018

Unpaid tax added to property tax bill: December 31, 2018

How to declareGet a reminder

Every owner of residential property will have to make a property status declaration for the 2017 calendar year. This will determine if the property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax, also known as the Vacancy Tax.

Properties not subject to the tax

Most properties will not be subject to the Empty Homes Tax, including those:

  • Used as a principal residence by the owner, his/her family member, or a friend for at least six months of the current year
  • Rented for at least six months of the current year, in periods of 30 or more consecutive days
  • Meeting the criteria for one of the exemptions 

See if the tax applies to you

Exemptions and scenarios that may apply to you

This content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as advice or a determination of whether your property will be subject to the Empty Homes Tax.

If there is any discrepancy between the information provided here and the provisions of the Vacancy Tax Bylaw  (183 KB), the latter will prevail.

Questions about the Empty Homes Tax?

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Exemptions

Exemptions to the tax and the evidence you must provide.

Principal residence

Definition of principal residence and how it applies to you.

Second home

Home used only intermittently, held as an investment, or occupied by family member or friend.

Renting and listing for sale

Rental restrictions, legal ownership, or unable to rent or sell.

Properties with multiple dwellings

Stratified and non-stratified duplexes, leasehold properties, and more.

Under construction or redevelopment

Home or property under construction or redevelopment.

What to do if your property is currently empty or under-utilized

If you do not qualify for an exemption, several options are available to you:

  • Become a landlord by renting your property for at least six months of the year, in periods of 30 or more consecutive days
  • Enlist a property management firm to rent your property on a long-term or periodic basis
  • Invite a family member or friend to occupy your property as his/her principal residence for at least six months of the current year
  • Occupy your property as your principal residence for at least six months of the current year
  • Keep your property as-is and pay the Empty Homes Tax
  • Sell your property

LandlordBC can provide you with the knowledge and tools you need for renting out your home.

Learn more

Empty Homes Tax questionnaire