We Want You To Stay Informed – City of Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax

Did you know that an annual tax will be levied on vacant Toronto residences, payable beginning in 2023?

The City of Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax (VHT) was created to improve the supply of housing in the city. As such, residential properties that are unoccupied for more than six months (cumulative) in a calendar year may be subject to the new tax, unless they meet one of the exemptions.

What you Need to Know

  1. A declaration form will need to be completed by property owners by February 2, 2023. **Extended to the end of February of 2023.
  2. A property is considered vacant if it is not the principal residence of the owner or any permitted occupants or was not occupied by tenants for at least six months during the previous calendar year or is otherwise deemed to be vacant under the Bylaw.
  3. The tax is 1 per cent (1%) of the current value assessment (CVA) of the home.
  4. Exemptions include: principal residence, death, repairs, units undergoing major renovation, owner is in care or hospital, court order, transfer of legal ownership and occupancy for full time employment is in place.

The goal of the VHT is to increase the supply of housing by discouraging owners from leaving their residential properties unoccupied. Homeowners who choose to keep their properties vacant will be subject to this tax. All Toronto residential property owners must submit a declaration of their property’s 2022 status by February 2, 2023. The declaration portal is open and can be accessed here: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/vacant-home-tax/?accordion=exemptions

For more information, please visit the link below:
https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/vacant-home-tax/

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are here to help.

Katie, Julie & Jessica
– The Rennie Team