Published: 20th Jan 2020

Homeowners in Birmingham whose properties have been empty for more than five years may have to pay triple the normal council tax as part of an effort to get as many empty homes into use as possible.  Birmingham has a need for 89,000 new homes in the next two decades and one way that the council wants to achieve this is by getting empty homes back into use. The report, which is due before Cabinet tomorrow (January 21), reveals that 2,257 homes are set to be affected by the increased tax. Under the original 50% increase which has been in place since 2013, the council generated around £1.15m by 2019. By next year, it is anticipated that an additional £0.5m will be generated with the introduction of the 200% increase. Cllr Tristan Chatfield, a cabinet member for finance and resources, said: ‘We have a housing crisis, locally, regionally and nationally. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)