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Lib Dems announce plans to tackle the growing number of long-term empty homes in South Kesteven

November 18, 2019 10:00 AM

The Liberal Democrats have announced that they would allow South Kesteven District Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.

The latest Government statistics show that there are up to 512 homes left empty long-term in South Kesteven.

In response, and as part of its plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow South Holland District Council to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left vacant long-term. The revenues would then be reinvested to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services.

Commenting on the announcement, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Grantham & Stamford, Harrish Bisnauthsing said:

"People across South Kesteven are worried about the lack of genuinely affordable homes. But they are being priced out of the local area because of the shocking rise of empty homes.

"Wealthy owners are treating these properties as financial assets rather than a place to live. This demonstrates a complete lack of regard for the impacts on local people.

"The Liberal Democrats will fix the housing market and tackle the issue of empty homes in South Kesteven. We will ensure that everyone is secure in their home and delivering a brighter future for our country."

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  • Long-term vacancy is defined as over 6-months.
  • The latest Government statistics on long-term empty homes can be found here.
  • Liberal Democrat research can be read here