Empty Homes

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many empty homes in London do you estimate will be brought back to use following the Government's announcement in the Autumn Budget to allow local authorities to increase the council tax premium from 50 per cent to 100 per cent?


Answer for Empty Homes

Answer for Empty Homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As outlined in my draft London Housing Strategy, I believe that a 50% Council Tax premium is an insufficient incentive to bring empty homes back into use in significant numbers. While I welcome the proposed increase in the premium, I believe we will need further measures to have a substantial effect on vacancy rates in London.