Hull City Council looking to tackle empty homes

A change to council tax is proposed to avoid empty homes.

The leader of Hull City Council says empty homes are leading to areas of the city being run down.

The council plans to increase the council tax for properties, which have been empty for more than two years by 50%. 

But those renovating a property will be exempt for a maximum of 12 months, in a bid to encourage properties to be brought back into use.

Councillor Stephen Brady says: "We want properties to be used, and of course it suits sometimes for people to leave properties empty, and then they fall in disarray and disrepair and the people in that street suffer."

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