What you need to do


You may be liable for the Vacant Homes Tax (VHT) if:

  • you own a residential property
  • and
  • it was in use as a dwelling for less than 30 days in the 12-month chargeable period.


The first chargeable period for VHT is 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2023.

Steps to take in 2023

On 1 November 2023 you must determine if your residential property was vacant for any period during the chargeable period. You should review these six steps to understand what you need to do:

  • Step 1: Check if your property is a residential property for LPT.
  • Step 2: Check if VHT applies to your property.
  • Step 3: Check how long your property was in use.
  • Step 4: Check if you are eligible for an exemption.
  • Step 5: Submit your VHT Return.
  • Step 6: Confirm your payment arrangement.

What to do if Revenue asks you to submit a VHT Return

Even if you have assessed that VHT does not apply to your property by following the steps above, Revenue may still ask you to:

  • confirm the status of your property
  • or
  • submit a VHT Return for your property.

To confirm the status of the property, you may be asked to provide evidence that, during the chargeable period, your property has been:

  • occupied
  • sold
  • or
  • subject to a qualifying tenancy.

To submit a VHT Return for your property, you can use the VHT online service. Revenue will publish further information on how to submit your VHT Return online here in the coming months. You must submit a VHT Return if Revenue asks you to do so.

Next: Step 1: Check if your property is a residential property for LPT