B.C. has lots of different kinds of property taxes but you can avoid paying them if you know how, this guide will show you.

How To Avoid The Empty Homes Tax With liv.rent

If you’re interested in avoiding paying any additional taxes on your home from the recent Empty Homes Tax, then this guide will help you not only save money but help you to earn some extra income as well.

Municipal Empty Homes Tax

What is the municipal empty homes tax?

A tax designed by the government to prevent people from price-fixing and inflating the rental market to an unreasonable price.

What does the municipal empty homes tax mean for homeowners?

As of February 2, 2021, you should have already made your property status declaration for 2020. If you haven’t, then get it in as soon as possible.

If you do not declare, your property could be deemed vacant. That means you would have to pay a $250 fine (for failing to declare) and then you’ll also be subject to the municipal Vacancy Tax. It’ll be 1.25% of the assessed taxable value of your property.

April 16, 2021, is the last day to pay any 2020 municipal Vacancy Tax.


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Provincial Speculation & Vacancy Tax

What is the provincial speculation and vacancy tax?

The provincial speculation and vacancy tax was created by the B.C. government. Its aim is to help turn any empty homes in the region into occupied homes and to help increase the housing supply while discouraging housing prices from going up too unsustainably fast.

It doesn’t affect 99% of British Columbians who use their home as their primary residence.

What does the provincial speculation and vacancy tax mean for homeowners?

Pro tip: All declarations for this tax are due March 31. Payments are due on the first business day in July — July 2 for 2021.

You must rent out your home for six or more months instead of three months in order to be exempt from the tax.

Foreign owners and satellite families (a satellite family is an individual or spousal unit where the majority of their total worldwide income for the year is not reported on a Canadian tax return) must pay 2% of assessed property value instead of just 0.5%

How to avoid extra property taxes in B.C.

1. List your unit on liv.rent

2. Find credible, credit-checked tenants through liv.rent


3. Rent out your unit by creating and signing a digital contract


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The best rental listing site is liv.rent, of course! here are the benefits of listing with us, a Vancouver-based company that knows the ins-and-outs of the local rental market:

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Kristina Ikavalko

Kristina Ikavalko

Creative Content Creator at liv.rent

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