Charges increase for empty houses

Empty properties near Berry's, Leyland

Empty properties near Berry's, Leyland

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A scheme to charge owners of empty properties more in council tax has been passed by full council at South Ribble.

The new rules mean some owners who have not made attempts to bring homes back into use after two years will face a 150 per cent charges hike after previously being exempt from paying council tax.

All party members voted through the amendment to the council’s Empty Homes Policy at a meeting this month, which abolishes the council tax discount previously enjoyed by owners of vacant households.


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