Council tax exemption removal sees 1,400 empty homes brought back into use
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
Birmingham has seen 1,400 privately owned empty properties brought back into use since the city council removed council tax exemption for vacant homes.
In 2013/14, Birmingham generated £777,000 of additional charges via the empty property premium.
And by bringing the properties back into use, the city will also receive an additional £1.8 million included in the overall New Homes Bonus of £4.6m in 2014-15.
Council leader Sir Albert Bore said: “The council’s dedicated empty property team exceeded the 2007-12 target by bringing 1,400 privately owned empty properties into use through advice, encouragement and intervention where necessary.
“However, we would welcome more initiatives to encourage building societies and banks who hold mortgages on empty properties to support these schemes.”