Last Chance to Appeal Vancouver Vacant Homes Tax

Vacant Home Tax: Did you miss the deadline to declare?

The City of Vancouver has implemented a new tax known as the Vacant Homes Tax (VHT). Homeowners were required to file a declaration online by Feb. 2, 2018 stating that their home has been occupied for at least 6 months out of the previous year (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017).

Every owner of residential property in Vancouver was required to submit a property status declaration to determine if their property is subject to the tax. Failure to declare will result in a $250 fine and the house being deemed vacant and subject to an additional tax levy of 1% of your property’s assessed value.

The Vacant Homes Tax payment is due April 16, 2018. For more information about the EHT, please visit the City of Vancouver’s online resource .


How can AEC help?

AEC offers appeal services to homeowners who are subjected to the tax, either due to failure to file by the February 2 deadline, or due to documentation being deemed incorrect and/or incomplete by the City.  Our appeal services are offered on a recovery basis, so unless we are able to eliminate this tax on your behalf, there is no cost for our representation[1].

Complaints can be submitted until Monday, April 16, 2018 so don’t wait to get in touch with our team. AEC has been representing Canadian taxpayers since 1973 and is committed to navigating this new legislation on your behalf.

For inquires about the VHT and how it may affect your home, or any property assessment related question, please visit our website or contact our Director of BC Operations, David Nishi-Beckingham, as soon as possible at 604.629.4643 or by email at dnb [at]

[1] A $500 retainer fee per appeal is required at the time of signing.