December 12th Update
Though already having a pricey property registry, Santa Ana, CA is considering a vacant property tax.
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December 5th Update
Vacant Property tax has been utilized in several areas in Canada. In a recent article, Vancouver’s program is featured showing a reduction in the number of vacant homes by 36%.
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November 18th Update
Governing Magazine now reports Berkeley (in addition to previously reported San Francisco) have enacted their vacant property tax.
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November 14th Update
According to a new report from the The San Francisco Standard, Prop. M, the proposed vacant building tax will pass, according to new vote tallies released by the San Francisco Department of Elections. This tax “would apply to buildings with three or more units with some exceptions, like those in need of repairs”
For more information, please click on following link.
Vacant Homes Tax Passes, Fate of School Board Candidate Ann Hsu Uncertain

November 3rd Update
In the first instance outside of California (excluding international), Gunnison CO is now seeking to implement a vacant lot tax.
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City searches for method to deal with abandoned properties

October 6th Update
Pacific Grove is joining the list of communities investigating this initiative.
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Pacific Grove: City Council to discuss empty homes tax

August 23rd Update
Sacramento is joining the list of communities investigating this initiative.
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Could a vacancy tax help housing affordability in Sacramento?

Update  August 5th
According to a recent report, Napa is also moving forward with vacancy tax measure. West Hollywood and Los Angeles are also looking into this issue.
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Amid housing crisis, California cities look to target vacant homes with taxes

Update: July 28th, 2022

Four more California communities are now considering a similar initiative.
For an article discussing Berkeley, please click here.
For an article discussing Half Moon Bay, please click here.
For an article discussing Carmel and Monterrey (and Santa Cruz), please click here.

Update: June 22nd 2022

Two more California communities are now considering a similar initiative. For more information on the approach of Santa Cruz, CA and Capitola, CA, please click here.

Two California communities are looking at implementing a “vacant property tax”

  • San Francisco, CA
    A proposed vacancy tax in San Francisco, where about 10 percent of its housing stock stands vacant, is coming under fire because it omits single-family homes.
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  • Richmond, CA
    Following an attempt in 2018 to enact a vacant property tax Richmond is trying once again. For more information including results of Oakland’s existing program, please click here.