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Rutland County Council asks people for views on council tax premium on empty homes

People living in Rutland are being asked to share their views on the premiums that are applied to empty homes in the county.

Empty homes are properties that are left vacant or uninhabited for long periods of time. They have the potential to become derelict, impacting on neighbouring properties and potentially becoming a focal point for anti-social behaviour, as well as being a waste of housing when people are in need of somewhere to live.

The government has given local authorities the ability to set a premium for long-term empty homes. These premiums increase the amount of council tax that property owners are required to pay if their home has been left vacant for more than two years, in a bid to bring back into use empty homes.

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