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News: Scots Plan to Double Council Tax on Empty Homes

Wed, 19 Oct 11

The Scottish Government will unveil plans tomorrow to give councils new powers to charge owners of long-term empty homes up to double the full rate of council tax.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil will unveil the plans tomorrow in a consultation on the measure.

Currently, owners of empty homes in Scotland are not required to pay council tax until the homes have been empty for six months. Then they’re required to pay a 10-50% discounted sum.

However, plans in the Council Tax on Empty Homes and Housing Support Grant Bill, will see councils able to charge up to double the full council tax rate on homes left empty for six months or longer.

Source: 24dash.com

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