Montana simply cannot have it both ways. Our housing issues are now at crisis level with soaring prices and next to no inventory. Have you known anyone who has tried to rent a trailer? It's next to impossible with very lengthy waiting lists.
I can't be the only one that thinks, "what in the world do these people do for a living that they can afford these home prices?". Throw in the fact that I see a lot of new cars in the driveways of these homes and I come to the conclusion that I've clearly failed in life.
The way that Empty Home Tax works is that there is a taxed percentage based on the value of the property. If that property is vacant for six months or more a year, the tax kicks in. In Vancouver, It started out at 1%, then moved to 1.25%. It's now at 3% for 2021.