Vancouver’s ‘beautiful but vacant’ homes

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A blog on Tumblr highlights the many attractive properties in Vancouver that are currently sitting vacant. Beautiful Empty Homes is a crowd-sourced project that aims to focus on the many homes in the city that are under-utilized. The blog asks residents to submit photos of empty homes in their neighbourhood and people seem happy to do so, concerned about vacant homes providing homes for rats as well as a fire risk and overgrown gardens. The most serious side to the website is a call for empty homes to be used to house homeless families, students and others who may not be able to find accommodation in the city.

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  • Angela Wong-Liao - Invis Inc on 2014-09-08 11:16:05 AM

    I am not surprised that there are many empty homes in Vancouver because most of the owners are from Asia, in particularly mainland China. These investors have their businesses in China and uses their money that they got out of China to make these home purchases in Vancouver. They do not want to rent out their properties but they are not really living in these houses because they live in China.
    I fully agree that these empty homes should be used to house homeless families or students who cannot afford to live in Vancouver.

  • Angela Wong-Liao - Invis Inc on 2014-09-08 11:16:20 AM

    I am not surprised that there are many empty homes in Vancouver because most of the owners are from Asia, in particularly mainland China. These investors have their businesses in China and uses their money that they got out of China to make these home purchases in Vancouver. They do not want to rent out their properties but they are not really living in these houses because they live in China.
    I fully agree that these empty homes should be used to house homeless families or students who cannot afford to live in Vancouver.

  • Victor Simone on 2014-09-08 8:02:13 PM

    Another solution is to raise property taxes for offshore property owners, and use that money for the homeless.

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