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Empty homes are a waste of resources and infrastructure costs, contribute to property price speculation, result in more development and strain our our limited land resource than would otherwise be necessary and are a venue for socially undesirable behaviour.

To help reduce the impact of empty houses on society, I propose the following guiding principle for government :

Homes that are unoccupied for more than 12 months should have their council tax doubled every three months until they become occupied.

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Empty homes are a waste of resources and infrastructure costs, contribute to property price speculation, result in more development and strain our our limited land resource than would otherwise be necessary and are a venue for socially undesirable behaviour.

To help reduce the impact of empty houses on society, I propose the following guiding principle for government :

Homes that are unoccupied for more than 12 months should have their council tax doubled every three months until they become occupied.

Cue removal of the roof for cheap properties or tenants-for-hire being paid to live in expensive houses for enough days to meet the regulations.

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Empty homes are a waste of resources and infrastructure costs, contribute to property price speculation, result in more development and strain our our limited land resource than would otherwise be necessary and are a venue for socially undesirable behaviour.

To help reduce the impact of empty houses on society, I propose the following guiding principle for government :

Homes that are unoccupied for more than 12 months should have their council tax doubled every three months until they become occupied.

Too drastic, but yes tax on the empties is good. Shops too.

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Too drastic, but yes tax on the empties is good. Shops too.

It needs to be drastic. From what I recall, there are about 1 million empty homes in the UK. There need to be some very strong disincentives to holding such valuable resources out of the market.

In essence, I am suggesting that the externalised costs of vacant homes ought to be internalised at a rate that is very punative.

Ideaologically, the ability to externalise the costs of owning vacant homes is not dissimilar to monopoly powers.

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Empty homes are a waste of resources and infrastructure costs, contribute to property price speculation, result in more development and strain our our limited land resource than would otherwise be necessary and are a venue for socially undesirable behaviour.

To help reduce the impact of empty houses on society, I propose the following guiding principle for government :

Homes that are unoccupied for more than 12 months should have their council tax doubled every three months until they become occupied.

...some homes are uninhabitable, nobody in their right mind would live in them let alone pay to live in them...better owners are encouraged to make them livable in the first place...local councils are guilty in this respect. ;)

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...some homes are uninhabitable, nobody in their right mind would live in them let alone pay to live in them...better owners are encouraged to make them livable in the first place...local councils are guilty in this respect. ;)

So fit for sale to a (genuine) property developer. At a price that gives the developer scope to bring it up to scratch and sell it for a decent profit.

Meanwhile, homes in good condition which people have just inherited and kept, or moved out of and kept, can and should be put back into use.

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Empty homes are a waste of resources and infrastructure costs, contribute to property price speculation, result in more development and strain our our limited land resource than would otherwise be necessary and are a venue for socially undesirable behaviour.

To help reduce the impact of empty houses on society, I propose the following guiding principle for government :

Homes that are unoccupied for more than 12 months should have their council tax doubled every three months until they become occupied.

It's a lovely idea, pet, but what makes you think the Conservatives (senior members of the coalition) will be willing to tell the owners of housing units what to do with their property.

The Lib Dems want the owners of empty properties to be given public money to bring them up to scratch, but where is that going to come from?

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So fit for sale to a (genuine) property developer. At a price that gives the developer scope to bring it up to scratch and sell it for a decent profit.

Meanwhile, homes in good condition which people have just inherited and kept, or moved out of and kept, can and should be put back into use.

Any council that has empty property should see that it is utillised to house people in need, charging affordable rents instead of wasting tax payers money on paying private landlords excessive rents.

A private owner that keeps a spare habitual home empty for their own use should pay full council tax on it and CGT 20% 40% or 50% depending when they sell it.

A private owner that keeps a derelict home that is uninhabitable should be encouraged some way that will affect their pocket to see that others can use it they can't/won't.

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Cue removal of the roof for cheap properties or tenants-for-hire being paid to live in expensive houses for enough days to meet the regulations.

Heh, if the average UK landlord can remove and restore the roof every time they have a long void, and still make a profit, they are welcome to it!

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Heh, if the average UK landlord can remove and restore the roof every time they have a long void, and still make a profit, they are welcome to it!

In some market circs (real estate rising) It might be the site that interests him, not the house or the rent. So, he removes the roof to rid himself of a tax liability while keeping the site.

However, if the tax falls on the land, there is nothing he can do to hold the site and avoid the tax, so he sells if he can find no use

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