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Revolutionary action by local authority to meet housing needs

Revolutionary action by local authority to meet housing needs

 

More empty properties could be brought back into use for residents under new proposals.

 

The proposals include

  • Properties that have been empty for more than two years will be subject to an additional 50 per cent premium (150 per cent council tax)
  • The current 10 per cent discount on second homes be removed – ie. they will pay 100 per cent council tax
  • Properties under major and/or structural repairs have the discount of 50 per cent removed – ie. they will pay 100 per cent council tax.

In 2016, there were nearly 590,000 empty homes in England, according to the statistics published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). In the Harborough district there are currently more than 400 empty properties which have been empty for more than six months.

Interested? Then have your say before 20 August 2017 at www.harborough.gov.uk/counciltaxchanges 

 

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