The Bishops Avenue

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1445
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your holding answer to Question No: 2014/0974, the Bishops Avenue in Barnet has become a stockpile of unused and empty mansions worth around £350m. Will you underwrite action by Barnet council to repossess one or more of the empty homes on the Bishops Avenue to help meet housing need? And will you lobby actively for a mansion tax on such empty homes to ensure the owners bring them back into use? Will you now give a substantive reply?

Answer

Answer for The Bishops Avenue

Answer for The Bishops Avenue

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have not been approached by Barnet Council on this matter.

I oppose a Mansion Tax, which would be yet another tax that hits London hardest, and some parts of the country not at all, and funnels all the revenues to the Treasury.

Instead, I encourage boroughs to make use of local solutions, such as the measures in the Local Government Finance Act 2012 to increase council tax on long-term empty properties.