Changes to landlord council tax in St Edmundsbury

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A new initiative in St Edmundsbury, Suffolk, will see landlords of empty homes having to pay council tax from April.

The local government within the area stated those that were previously exempt from paying the levy will have to hand over 90 per cent of the bill in the coming months, Bury Free Press reports.

It does not stop there as those landlords which leave a property vacant for over two years will be hit with a 150 per cent charge, the move designed to solve the housing crisis in certain areas.

Councils in London are also looking at a similar initiative which is designed to attract landlords into the capital by offering a tax relief so that they will want to begin leasing in the area once again.

In St Edmundsbury, council leader John Griffiths MBE said that the initiative in the area will help to “cushion the blow” prior to the government’s impending ten per cut reduction in council tax benefit funding.

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8th February 2013