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City urges homeowners to make their Empty Homes Tax declaration

December 14 2017

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

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Every 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.”

Need assistance?

We are 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

Declaration deadline 

Every owner of residential property in Vancouver is required to submit a declaration by
February 2, 2018.

What happens if you fail to declare

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.

How to declare

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.

Declare now

Empty Homes Tax information sessions

Homeowners can attend Empty Homes Tax information sessions at select community centres in December and January. 

December information sessions

Attendees at December sessions will be provided with in depth instructions on how to make a declaration and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the tax and the declaration process.

  • Thursday, December 14
    12:30pm – 2:30pm
    Sunset Community Centre
    6810 Main Street

  • Friday, December 15
    10:30am – 12:30pm
    Hillcrest Centre
    4575 Clancy Loranger Way

  • Friday, December 15
    11am – 1pm
    West Point Grey Community Centre
    4397 W 2nd Avenue

January information sessions

During January sessions, City staff will be available to assist homeowners to complete their declarations.

These sessions have limited seats and must be reserved online.

If you are a community group interested in requesting extra sessions, email eht@vancouver.ca.

  • Monday, January 8
    10:30am – noon
    Jewish Community Centre
    950 W 41st Avenue
     
  • Monday, January 8
    11am – 12:30pm    
    West Point Grey Community Centre
    4397 W 2nd Avenue
     
  • Tuesday, January 9
    11:15am – 12:45pm         
    Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
    181 Roundhouse Mews  
       
  • Wednesday, January 10
    1pm – 2:30pm
    False Creek Community Centre 
    1318 Cartwright Street
     
  • Thursday, January 11
    10:30am - 12:30pm 
    Kerrisdale Community Centre
    5851 West Boulevard
     
  • Friday, January 12
    11am - 12:30pm     
    Strathcona Community Centre  
    601 Keefer Street
     
  • Monday, January 15
    1pm – 2:30pm     
    Renfrew Park Community Centre
    2929 E 22nd Avenue
     
  • Wednesday, January 17
    1:30pm - 3pm
    Douglas Park Community Centre
    801 W 22nd Avenue
     
  • Friday, January 19
    12:45pm - 2:15pm  
    Trout Lake Community Centre            
    3360 Victoria Drive

Housing Vancouver Strategy

The Empty Homes Tax is one of many actions that we are taking to increase the supply of rental housing and improve housing affordability in Vancouver.

On November 29, City Council approved the new Housing Vancouver Strategy.  The 10-year strategy proposes a significant increase in housing supply: 72,000 new homes over 10 years, with two-thirds of those homes to be rental.