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$27-million homeowner wins fight against city's empty homes tax

Last Updated Dec 27, 2019 at 5:23 pm PDT

(Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A Vancouver woman has seen small success in fighting the empty homes tax

Yi Ju He property's valued at nearly 27-million but a BC Supreme Court judge says charging her the levy was a mistake

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The owner of a Vancouver home assessed at nearly $27-million has had a victory of sorts as she fights the city’s empty home tax.

Yi Ju He filled a petition to the B.C. Supreme Court challenging an imposition of a vacancy tax on her property near Belmont Avenue and Blanca Street against the City of Vancouver.

He had been seeking an exemption, partially due to plans to remove a house on the site which requires the removal of asbestos.

The supreme court judge says the city made a mistake when it hit the Belmont Avenue home with a $249,313.67 levy.

The ruling is that the city must carry out a new review of whether the owner should pay the tax.