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Estate sues City of Vancouver over delays in processing empty home tax

By KEITH FRASER for Vancouver Sun

The estate of Charles Hyland, who owned a home on East 48th Avenue, has been waiting for nearly a year for the City of Vancouver to process an application for an exemption to the empty home tax.

The estate of a Vancouver man is suing the city over what it considers unreasonable delays in processing an application for an exemption to the empty home tax.

Charles James Hyland, the owner of 3498 East 48th Ave., was living in the home until he was admitted to a long-term care facility in Burnaby in September 2016. He lived at the care facility at St. Michael’s Centre until he died on March 11, 2018.

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In February 2018, while he was in the care facility, his friend Barbara Smith, the executrix of his estate, filed an empty homes tax declaration for the year 2017. Smith claimed an exemption from the tax for the calendar year of 2017 because Hyland was in the care facility for the entire year.

An exemption to the tax includes: Your property was unoccupied for more than six months because you or your tenant were residing in a hospital, long-term or supportive care facility and had previously been used as a principal residence or occupying it for residential purposes as a tenant, the city’s website says. 

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