After introducing a 20% tax on foreign buyers, the city in western Canada is continuing to tackle housing affordability.
Thousands of homes in Vancouver have been declared unused and liable for a new empty homes tax as part of a government attempt to tackle skyrocketing home prices and soaring rents.
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Properties deemed empty will be subjected to a tax of 1% of their assessed value.
Vancouver has rolled out a raft of measures to cool prices and improve housing affordability in the country’s most expensive real estate market.
In 2017 the provincial government of British Columbia raised its foreign buyer tax from 15% to 20% to target offshore investors blamed for pushing up prices.
Nearly 61% of the homes declared empty in Vancouver were condos, and other multi-family properties made up almost 6%, according to the city government. »