Empty Homes Tax 2018

Every owner of residential property in Vancouver will have to make a property status declaration for the 2018 tax year, even if you made a declaration for 2017.

You will receive instructions in December, and your declaration will be due by February 4th, 2019. The Empty Homes Tax is calculated as 1% of the assessed taxable value of the property.

Failure to declare by the deadline will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1% of its assessed taxable value and a $250 penalty.


If you do not want to pay the Empty Homes Tax

  • Residential property owners will not have to pay the Empty Homes Tax if the property:
  • Is the principal residence of the owner a family member or friend
  • Is rented out for a minimum of 6 months of the year in periods of atleast 30 consecutive days
  • Qualifies for an exemption