Policy Brief on Vacant Unit Tax - Horizon Ottawa

Policy Brief on Vacant Unit Tax

To regulate against vacant investment homes, Horizon Ottawa suggests that the City of Ottawa adopt a Vacant Unit Tax. Homes should not be sitting empty during a housing crisis. 

The objective of the Vacant Unit Tax is simple: assure that all units in the City of Ottawa are inhabited. It would allow the city to tackle the housing crisis—in particular, a lack of affordable housing options—while also discouraging the speculative housing purchases that drive up real estate prices.

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