Globe and Mail: B.C. to allow Vancouver to introduce vacancy tax on empty homes

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July 12, 2016 | Mike Hager

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Mr. Robertson said he is hopeful the city can create a tax that is “efficient and straightforward” to administer. The city plans to use property assessment information to exempt owners who can prove they are the primary residents of their property, either by producing government identification that shows they live there or disclosing a renter’s long-term lease agreement, the mayor said.

Any system involving this provincial data will likely have to be vetted by B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Mr. de Jong said.

The NDP’s housing critic, David Eby, cast the announcement as too little, too late.

Mr. Eby said he will have to see what Mr. de Jong puts forward in the legislature before he decides whether to support it.

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