Monday, 29 December 2014

Calls for increased tax on vacant properties

The IPPR think-tank has suggested that councils be handed increased powers to tax empty properties to help deal with the UK’s housing shortage. The group estimates that there are 635,000 empty houses in England, with around 216,000 lying vacant for over six months. Under the IPPR’s proposals, councils would have the ability to impose their own council tax premiums on properties which remain empty for an extended period of time, which the council itself would be allowed to set.
Sunday Express, 

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