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Late declarations now open for City of Vancouver Empty Homes Tax

February 11 2019 –

Residential property owners who missed making their Empty Homes Tax declaration by the February 4 deadline can now make a late declaration.

97% of Vancouver property owners made their Empty Homes Tax declaration by the deadline. However 4,979 property owners still need to declare.

Those who fail to make a declaration will have their properties deemed vacant, and be subject to the tax at a rate of 1% of the property's 2018 assessed taxable value. They will also be charged a $250 bylaw fine.

This year ― the second year of Vancouver's Empty Homes Tax ― we are making late declarations available.

Once the property owner pays the $250 late fee (or disputes the ticket), they can make their online declaration. Bylaw tickets can be paid at vancouver.ca/pay-ticket.

Once a late declaration of occupied or exempt has been submitted, the tax bill will be cancelled.

Both vacancy tax notices and bylaw notices have been mailed as of February 7, 2019. The order in which you receive them will not affect your late declaration process.

In the first year of the Empty Homes Tax program, property owners who failed to declare were required to file a complaint in order to have their tax levy cancelled.

The addition of the late declarations option will save both property owners and staff time and effort.

How to submit a late declaration for Vancouver's Empty Homes Tax

One declaration per property is required. You can declare in a number of ways:

  • Online at vancouver.ca/eht-declare. The online declaration process is simple and takes most people only a few minutes to complete. Online chat with an EHT representative is available.
  • In person at City Hall. Residential property owners may visit City Hall where staff will be available to assist them with online declarations. City Hall regular hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Over the phone by calling 3-1-1. Residential property owners who need assistance making their online declaration can call 3-1-1 between 7am and 10pm daily (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000) and speak to a citizen service representative. Translation services are available.

Due date

Payment of the Empty Homes Tax levy is due by April 12, 2019, or an additional 5% penalty will be applied.

If payment is not made by December 31, 2019, the amount will be added to your property tax bill.

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 gov.bc.ca/spectax or by calling 1-833-554-2323.