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If you met the eligibility requirements for either the Basic or Additional Grant but forgot to claim it, you may be eligible to apply for a Retroactive Home Owner Grant for the previous year only. Additional documentation will be required. Starting January 1, 2021 municipalities will no longer accept retroactive Home Owner Grant applications. For more information please visit the Provincial Government Home Owner Grant Administration website.
The Province of British Columbia requires that all eligible homeowners apply for a Home Owner Grant each year. This is to confirm that they still meet the eligibility requirements to receive a grant.
If you are selling your property, we recommend that you check with your lawyer or notary regarding claiming the Home Owner Grant, prior to the sale.
The following notes are for general guidance only and are subject to detailed provisions in the Act and regulations.
To meet Home Owner Grant eligibility requirements, you must still be the registered owner and be living in the property as your principal residence when you claim the grant.
If you are no longer the registered owner of the property, you cannot claim a Home Owner Grant.
If the vendor paid the full taxes on the property prior to the sale, the new owner cannot claim a Home Owner Grant.
If a spouse or relative was living with of the deceased owner at the time of their passing and continues to live at the property, then he/she may claim the grant on behalf of the owner under certain circumstances.
As properties increase in value, the amount of Home Owner Grant available changes.
Phasing out of the grant begins at $1,525,000. Homes valued above the threshold may still be eligible for a partial grant. For properties assessed above the threshold, the grant is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value in excess of the threshold.
If there are no residential improvements on the property, there is no Home Owner Grant available.