BC residents want tax on absent homeowners

Eighty per cent of British Columbians want those who leave homes empty to be taxed. A poll by Insights West shows that there is growing anger at politicians with 76 per cent saying the provincial government needs to take action, although all levels of government are blamed.

In 2014, 72 per cent of BC residents wanted taxes for vacant properties but as home prices have soared, support for action has grown. All age groups are in favour of taxation but the would-be first-time buyers in the millennial generation are most adamant that action is needed with 89 per cent supporting a vacant-homes tax.

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