Did you receive a Vacant Home Tax Notice?

Read more to see if you qualify to appeal your VHT notice!


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Many of our residents may have missed filing their Vacant Home Tax (VHT) status for 2023. As a result, you may have received a notice about paying the Vacant Home Tax. Others have received the notice even if they filed in time. 

If your home has been lived in for six months or more in 2023 - by you, other occupants or tenants, you DO NOT owe the Vacant Home Tax and will not be charged. If the notice you received includes the late fee of $21.40, please DO NOT PAY THE LATE FEE. The late fee will be waived for anyone who states that they completed the declaration before the March 15th deadline.

You must appeal the notice here: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/vacant-home-tax/ 

With the challenges in this year’s process of declaring Vacant Home Tax, the Budget Chief and the Mayor will be working to ensure that there will be an improved and accessible process for declaring the VHT status. Please call my office if you need assistance. More details below.

In this newsletter: 

  • Appealing Vacant Home Tax
  • Mid-Rise Buildings Community Meeting
  • Community Environment Days
  • Make Toronto More Accessible

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at 416 338 5335 or [email protected]. My team is here to support you.


City Councillor
Ward 7, Humber- River Black Creek

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Appealing Vacant Home Tax 


As mentioned above, if your home has been lived in for six months or more in 2023 - by you, other occupants or tenants, you DO NOT owe the Vacant Home Tax and will not be charged. 

However, it is important that you formally appeal the Vacant Home Tax. You may choose to appeal it online or send it via mail.

Below are some FAQs:

Q: Do I have to pay the Vacant Home Tax?

You only have to pay the VHT on your property if it was unoccupied (by you, other occupants, or

tenants) for more that six (6) months in the calendar year. You do not have to pay if your property is your principal residence.

Q: I received a notice in the mail saying I have to pay the Vacant Home Tax but I don’t think I should have to. What do I do?

You may have received a Vacant Home Tax charge even if your property is occupied. This could have happened if the City had not received an updated declaration this year, or if a declaration was received after the property tax bills were issued.

If your property was occupied for more than six (6) months in 2023, do not pay the Vacant Home Tax charge and do not pay the late fee.  Instead, please file a Notice of Complaint and upon receiving and confirming your occupancy, the City will reverse the Vacant Home Tax charge along with any interest that may have been incurred after the May 15, 2024 initial payment due date.

Q: Where do I go to complete the Notice of Complaint/Appeal?

You can do this online or via mail.



  • Please ensure your complaint in writing includes:
    • assessment roll number and customer number
    • complainant’s full name and contact details (telephone number or email)
    • information that specifies your authority to act on behalf of the owner, if this
    • applies and you are a complainant acting on someone’s behalf
    • reason(s) for the complaint and why the residential property should not be subject to the tax
    •  If you are declaring an exemption, supporting documentation and evidence to substantiate the reason(s) for the complaint.
  • Mail to:
    • City of Toronto, Revenue Services
    • Vacant Home Tax Complaints/Appeals
    • 5100 Yonge St.
    • Toronto, ON M2N 5V7

Q: Can someone complete the Notice of Complaint/Appeal on my behalf?

Yes. The form can be done by the owner or someone acting on your behalf.

Q: What happens after I submit the Notice of Complaint/Appeal?

Once your complaint is reviewed and the grounds of the complaint are found to be valid, your property tax account will show that the Vacant Home Tax does not apply.

Q: Do I owe the late fee of $21.40?

DO NOT PAY THE LATE FEE, the late fee will be immediately waived for anyone who states that they completed the declaration before the March 15th deadline, furthermore and given the challenges experienced with this year’s process, the Budget Chief and Mayor will be bringing forward direction to City Council to seek authority to waive the $21.24 late fee for everyone impacted this calendar year.

Q: If I do owe the Vacant Home Tax, when is it due?

The first instalment of Vacant Home Tax is due by May 15, 2024.

Mid-Rise Buildings Community Meeting

As part of the Housing Action Plan, we're updating height permissions & standards. Don't miss the virtual community consultation on April 17th, 6:30-8pm. Your input counts! For more info: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/housing-action-plan-avenues-mixed-use-area-study/ 

Community Environment Days

April is Earth Month! 

One way to make a difference is by bringing your unwanted household items to a Community Environment Day for donation or recycling. Events started April 7. 

More details: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/community-environment-days/ 

Make Toronto More Accessible

Share your thoughts on making Toronto more accessible! We’re conducting public consultations for the 2025-2029 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. 

Take the survey today and help us shape a more inclusive city: https://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/7/p690519342667.aspx 

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