Sec­ond homes to face ex­tra taxes

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

SEC­OND home own­ers who leave their prop­er­ties empty are to be hit with ex­tra coun­cil taxes.

If they leave prop­er­ties empty for two years, they will have to pay an ex­tra pre­mium, of a 50 per cent ex­tra tax. The manda­tory dis­count on hol­i­day homes that are used only at week­ends is also to be abol­ished.

Com­mu­ni­ties Min­is­ter An­drew Stunell an­nounced a £145m fund to be shared be­tween coun­cils and vol­un­tary groups to help tackle empty homes.

The aim is to ren­o­vate empty res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing those in pri­vate own­er­ship, and re­store them to use.

As from Septem­ber 1, squat­ting will be­come a crim­i­nal of­fence, mean­ing that per­pe­tra­tors could face up to six months in jail.

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