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Why an Empty Homes Tax

The purpose of the Empty Homes Tax, also known as the Vacancy Tax, is to:

  • Return empty or under-utilized properties to use as long-term rental homes for people who live and work in Vancouver
  • Help relieve pressure on Vancouver’s rental housing market, as our city has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates and the highest rental costs in Canada.

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Empty Homes Tax Annual Report

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Vacancy Tax (Empty Homes Tax) bylaw

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