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Empty Property: Taxation

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL4375, tabled on 20 December 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increasing tax rates on the 280,000 privately owned long-term empty homes in England on tax revenues.

Answered on

8 January 2018

The number of homes in England that have been empty for more than six months has reduced from over 300,000 in May 2010 to 206,236 in November 2017. The Government has announced that measures will be introduced to increase, from 50 per cent to 100 per cent, the council tax premium paid on homes empty for more than two years.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government