August 23rd Update
Sacramento is joining the list of communities investigating this initiative.
For more information, please click on following link:
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.
For more information, please click on following link:
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.
    For more information, please click here.
  • 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.