The vacant home tax that individuals have for quite some time been calling for in the serious, overvalued Toronto real estate market was finally officially recommended and afterward approved by City Council toward the end of last year, and it’s already shaping up to impact the landscape as expected.

As per a new survey conducted by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), residential owners who may as of now be scrambling to sell their investment properties in the city because of constant drop rent prices and high rental supply, are additionally considering doing so because of the duty they will need to pay on void units.

A sum of 40% of those surveyed toward the end of last year said that they plan to sell their investment property in the next year, which is a 6 percent increment from 2019 and a 9 percent increment from 2018.

When looking at the individuals who invested in condo units only, that number turned out to be much more uncommon, with in excess of an astounding 66% of proprietors considering selling as per TRREB’s Market Year in Review and Outlook 2021, to some extent because of an imminent vacancy tax, just as additional limitations on Airbnbs.

Another 28% of all respondents said they planned to lease long-term if the vacancy tax, which hadn’t yet been approved at the hour of the survey, was instated.

In the interim, 30% said they would not be sufficiently affected to change their arrangements because of the tax, which is remarkably 6% less than the previous year.

TRREB has been straightforward in requesting the City to be reasonable with the tax implementation, calling for exclusions for seasonal residents, U.S. residents and commuters.

It is critical to have clear understanding of the planned reason and policy objective of a municipal tax on empty homes in Toronto. Given the present status of the Toronto rental market, the motivation behind such tax isn’t quite clear as of now, according to the board’s leader, Lisa Patel.

“TRREB isn’t against the vacant home tax, and we comprehend the reasoning behind it; notwithstanding, it is indistinct whether it will add affordable rental housing or affordable home ownership to the market,” she added, calling attention to that a few investors may now decide to sell their unit instead of lease it out, which could affect rental supply.

The tax idea is in part to curb foreign investment — which actually represents around $38 billion of housing supply regardless of a non-resident speculation tax—just as well ghost hotels, flipping, and other similar phenomenon to free up property for the individuals who actually live in Toronto and ideally, even bring the prices into a more reasonable realm.

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