“Empty homes tax”: City of Vancouver seeks your feedback. Online survey, open houses Oct 15 & 17

City HallVancouver City Hall is seeking public feedback on a proposed empty homes tax.

Public consultations Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. Details below.

Online survey until October 18.
http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/empty-homes.aspx

Vancouver’s mayor hopes a tax on vacant homes would encourage owners of empty homes to rent them out rather than leave them empty.

The following is from a notice from City Hall.

City launches public consultation on proposed Empty Homes Tax (29-Sept-2016)

To gain public feedback on the proposed Empty Homes Tax, the City of Vancouver has launched an online survey and will host a series of open houses throughout October.

The City is looking for all Vancouver residents and homeowners to provide comment on the proposed new tax, specifically seeking to learn more about the reasons a home may be left empty to determine possible exemptions. The City is also exploring the public’s opinion on what an appropriate tax rate would be to encourage owners of empty properties to rent them out…..

Online Survey:

Feedback on the Empty Homes Tax, possible exemptions and tax rate can be provided in English, Chinese and Punjabi until October 18, 2016 at vancouver.ca/emptyhomes

Open Houses:

Residents looking to learn more about the proposed tax are welcome to attend an Open House to speak with City staff about the details of the tax.

Saturday Oct. 15, 10am – 2pm
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Main Promenade
350 West Georgia Street

Monday Oct. 17, 4pm – 8pm
Oakridge Auditorium at Oakridge Mall
650 West 41st Avenue

A final decision by City Council on the empty homes tax rate and exemptions will be made in November 2016. Feedback through public consultation will help inform the recommendations brought to City Council about the implementation of the tax.

Visit vancouver.ca/emptyhomes to learn more about the Empty Homes Tax and how to participate in public consultation opportunities.

 

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