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Edmonton’s derelict subclass property tax aiding in property restoration

Edmonton’s derelict subclass property tax aiding in property restoration

EDMONTON – A new property tax subclass in Edmonton is funding property restoration in mature neighbourhoods.

The subclass, approved in September 2023 by Edmonton City Council, taxes derelict properties specifically at a property tax rate about three times higher in 2024 than the average residential property.

Derelict properties are defined as properties where the structure is unfit for habitation or in a dilapidated state and falling into significant disrepair. They can avoid the higher tax rate by restoring their properties before Dec. 31, the condition date for tax assessments. 

“The subclass was brought in to help cover the increased costs of providing city services like bylaw enforcement and fire rescue to derelict properties, as well as to promote community safety and vibrancy in mature neighbourhoods,” Edmonton branch manager of assessment and taxation Cate Watt said in a statement. “We’re really pleased to see progress so quickly. More than 15 per cent of the roughly 300 properties we originally identified last fall as in a derelict state have been cleaned up.”

Derelict property owners were notified of their status when the subclass was established and their updated status was listed on their 2024 assessment notice in January, the release said, and will see their new tax rate on their 2024 tax notice.

Notices will be mailed to every Edmonton property owner. Property taxes are due by June 30. 

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