Empty Home Turns into Mushroom Farm
A neighbour submitted this photo of a rotting empty home at 4593 West 12th Ave. Like most other empty homes, this one is lamented by the neighbours. It should be lived in and maintained as a home by a family.
According to the neighbour:
This beautiful older home in West Point Grey, with a few short interruptions, has sat empty, unheated and without power since 2012. It was sold at that time for a whopping $2.4 million to a man from PRC. He now keeps it as a “holding property” (aka. a rotting bank). Because he will not spend money on heat or lights, the place now has a serious problem with mould. The roof also needs repair and there are mushrooms growing from the ceiling. It’s a sad slow death for such a beautiful old home.
What does the City of Vancouver think would be an appropriate response? Should their be a vacant home tax that would discourage landlords from leaving homes empty? Should there be a 15% tax on non-resident and company purchases of residential property, as exists in Hong Kong and Singapore?