BC's SPECULATION AND VACANCY TAX DEADLINES:


MARCH 31, 2021  -  Declaration deadline


JULY 02, 2021      - If applicable, speculation and vacancy tax payment due.


JULY 03, 2021      - If applicable, interest will begin to accrue on any unpaid

                                tax amount.


WHO NEEDS TO DECLARE?

Residential property owners in the taxable regions must declare. Business partnerships, trusts and corporations must provide information on corporate interest holders and beneficial owners as part of their declaration.


If a deceased owner remains on title, their estate may still have to complete a declaration, and if applicable, pay owed tax. Go to gov.bc.ca/spectax for more information.


WHERE YOU CAN FIND HELP:

gov.bc.ca/spectax


1-833-554-2323 to speak with a tax agent

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Improving Indoor Air Quality

Our homes harbor more than just our families and possessions. Home is also where pollutants, allergens, and other irritants accumulate and thrive, with possible harmful effects on our health. There are simple steps homeowners can take to improve the air quality in their home and increase their comfort and well-being.


GET A HANDLE ON HUMIDITY

Keep indoor humidity below 50% to help prevent mold and dust mite growth. Once mold gets established it can continue to grow even at lower humidity levels. Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms, make sure the dryer is properly vented to the outdoors, and address any leaks or condensation issues. A dehumidifier can help in especially humid locations such as basements.


REDUCE DUST

Dust can contain pollen, mold spores, lint, animal dander, bacteria and more. While it’s impossible to completely rid a home of dust, there are ways to help control it. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that traps small particulate matter. Change or clean the furnace filter regularly, according to manufacturer’s instructions. High-quality furnace filters are more expensive but do a better job of filtering dust, pet hair and other particles.


VENT IT

Open doors and windows whenever possible to improve air circulation and allow the house to “breathe” fresh air.


CLEANER CLEAN-UP

Choose cleaning products with environmentally friendly formulations. Many of these products do an equal or better job than their conventional counterparts. Dispose of old paint, pesticides, solvents and other products so they aren’t leaking fumes into the home. Check local requirements on how to properly dispose of such items.


By taking these relatively easy steps, homeowners can truly make their home a breath of fresh air.


Compliments of Pillar to Post Home Inspectors!

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Looking for more specific details on your area?  Statistics or more specific details on another area? 

Contact us and we can supply you with these details and answer any questions you may have.

 

Sue 604-355-7968 or sue@key2key.ca   


Sharon 778-960-0436 or sharon@sharonwayman.com
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Looking for more specific details on your area?  Statistics or more specific details on another area? 

Contact us and we can supply you with these details and answer any questions you may have.

 

Sue 604-355-7968 or sue@key2key.ca   


Sharon 778-960-0436 or sharon@sharonwayman.com
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Looking for more specific details on your area?  Statistics or more specific details on another area? 

Contact us and we can supply you with these details and answer any questions you may have.

 

Sue 604-355-7968 or sue@key2key.ca   


Sharon 778-960-0436 or sharon@sharonwayman.com
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I have sold a property at 2122 47TH AVE W in Vancouver.
Calling all Builders and Investors! Rebuild or holding investment on a 51 x 119 corner lot located in Kerrisdale one of Vancouver’s desirable and established neighborhoods. Located on a quiet residential street-lined with sweeping, grand old trees and easy walking distance to the heart of Kerrisdale. Offers a south facing backyard, excellent location-within walking distance to Maple Grove Elementary and Magee Secondary schools, restaurants, shopping, parks, Kerrisdale Community Centre, and transit. A biker’s paradise with 1 block access to the Arbutus Greenway and a short drive to UBC, Golf Courses, and Private Schools. Sundeck is inaccessible and along with the stairs and railing require repairs/replacement.
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The City's Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax. 


Vancouver property owners must declare each year – even if you live in your home.


Declaration for 2020 Empty Homes Tax: February 2, 2021



Click here for more information.

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I have listed a new property at 2122 47TH AVE W in Vancouver.
Calling all Builders and Investors! Older home on a 51 x 119 corner lot located in Kerrisdale one of Vancouver’s desirable and established neighborhoods. Located on a quiet residential street lined with sweeping, grand old trees and easy walking distance to the heart of Kerrisdale. It boasts a south facing backyard, excellent location-within walking distance to Maple Grove Elementary and Magee Secondary schools, restaurants, shopping, parks, Kerrisdale Community Centre, and transit. A biker’s paradise with 1 block access to the Arbutus Greenway and a short drive to UBC, Golf Courses, and Private Schools. Sundeck is inaccessible and along with the stairs and railing require repairs/replacement. All showings by appointment. Open House by Appointment Only-Sat and Sun 1-3 pm.
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The province is taking over the administration of homeowner grants from municipalities. PHOTO BY DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS files.



Homeowners in all municipalities will now submit their applications directly to the B.C. government instead of through their municipal office.


The B.C. Finance Ministry is reminding homeowners to keep their property assessment notice or property tax notice from their municipality because they will need their roll and jurisdiction number to apply for the grant.


Click here for the full article

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Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury, death and property loss in house fires. Nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities occur in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors. An early warning can save lives!


  • Smoke alarms should be in installed every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the home.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement. High, peaked ceilings have dead air space at the top, so smoke alarms should be placed no closer than 3 feet from the highest point.
  • Near the kitchen, use an alarm with a “hush button” that will silence nuisance alarms reacting to cooking smoke or steam. Or install a photoelectric alarm which will not be triggered by cooking. Never remove the unit’s battery to stop or prevent nuisance alarms.
  • Test each unit monthly. Put a reminder in your calendar to do this on the first or last day of the month, for example. This is also an ideal time to dust off the unit so that it continues to work properly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year. A common rule of thumb is to do this when changing to or from Daylight Saving Time in fall or spring. Many alarms now come with 10-year lithium batteries that eliminate the need for new batteries, but the unit itself must be replaced after its lifespan.
 
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CO is an odorless, colorless gas produced by the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, oil and propane in devices including furnaces, water heaters and stoves. These appliances are designed to vent the CO to the outside, but incomplete combustion of fuel, improper installation, or blockages, leaks or cracks in the venting systems can cause CO to reach harmful levels inside the home. Dangerously high levels of CO can lead to incapacitation or death, with victims sometimes never having been aware they were being poisoned.


Homeowners can take action against carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the following steps:


  • Never use a gas stove or oven to heat the home, even temporarily.
  • Have all fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected annually, preferably before the start of the cold weather season when heaters and furnaces are first used.
  • These appliances include gas stoves and ovens, furnaces and heaters, water heaters and gas clothes dryers.
  • All such devices should be properly installed and vented to the outside.
  • Have flues and chimneys for gas fireplaces inspected regularly for cracks, leaks, and blockages that may allow a buildup of CO to occur.
  • Don’t start a vehicle in a closed garage or idle the engine in the garage even if the overhead door is open.
  • Gasoline-powered generators and charcoal grills must never be used indoors.
  • Install a CO detector (either battery operated, hard-wired or plug-in) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper location. Working CO detectors in residences are now required by law in most states.
  • Learn what to do if the CO alarm activates. If anyone in the home experiences symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, or confusion, everyone should leave immediately and seek medical attention. If no symptoms are felt, open doors and windows immediately and shut off all fuel-burning devices that may be potential sources of CO.

Enjoy the comfort and safety of home this winter and all year long.


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