As we approach the end of the year one of the things you may not be thinking about is claiming your Home Owners’ Grant. The Home Owner’s Grant is a base amount of $570.00 off your property taxes if the property is your primary resident; this amount is different if you are a senior citizen. What is important to remember is that if you’re a First Time Home Buyer and your lender pays your property taxes on your behalf, this process needs to be done by you. You may have already claimed your Grant when you received your tax notice, but if not, then claiming your Home Owners’ Grant can be done in few different ways:

  1. Electronically on the city’s website

Vancouver  http://vancouver.ca/fs/treasury/ehog.htm

Burnaby  http://applications.burnaby.ca/whog/

Surrey  http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/587.aspx

North Vancouver  http://www.cnv.org/VCH2/modules/hog/hog_login.asp

Richmond http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/finance/homegrant.htm

Delta http://www.corp.delta.bc.ca/EN/main/residents/816/hog.html

Coquitlam https://e-civic.coquitlam.ca/tempestprod/ecom/hog/login.cfm

Port Coquitlam http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/Citizen_Services/Online_Services_and_Payments/Electronic_Home_Owner_Grants.htm

Port Moody  https://e-civic.cityofportmoody.com/tempestlive/ecom/hog/login.cfm

Mission  http://www.muniadmin.com/?UName=MissionBC

Pitt Meadows  http://www.pittmeadows.bc.ca/EN/main/onlineservices/10388.html

2. Signing the application sheet connected to the Property Tax form that was sent with your tax balance to your residents and mailing it back.

3. Print a Home Owners’ Grant Claim for off the city’s website fill it out completely and mail it the city.

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/forms.htm

The Home Owners’ Grant needs to be claimed and received on or before December 31 of the current tax year. If you have any question in regards about claiming your Home Owners’ Grant, especially if you are a first time home buyer or if your property taxes are paid by your lender please call or email: david@davidnotary.com

David Watts

Notary Public

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