Queen’s Speech: Councils will be able to double tax on second homes under new powers
The Metro says the government could hand new powers to councils allowing them to double tax on second and empty homes.
A host of new bills will be set out in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow and measures on housing are expected to be included.
The law change comes amid anger from communities in rural and coastal beauty spots where many properties are unused for most of the year.
There are estimated to be £2 billion worth of empty homes in Cornwall alone, according to estimates by estate agency Barrows and Forrester, with up to 40% of dwellings used as boltholes in sought after areas.
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