According to an article in The Times on Saturday, 4th February. Owners of vacant properties will be targeted with sharp rises in their council tax. Councils can charge up to 150% council tax for homes which have been empty for more than two years.
Figures from 70 councils reveal there were 142,000 empty houses last year. If replicated across the entire country, it could mean there are 750,000 properties currently not being live in.
Owners can avoid the increased council tax charge by renting their properties on short term letting sites such as Airbnb, booking.com and Trip Advisor.
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