Council tax for empty house homeowners to double at the start of April

The empty homes premium was introduced in 2013
The empty homes premium was introduced in 2013 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Homes that sit empty for a long time will pay double council tax from April, the government has announced.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the move is to support local people in areas where high numbers of empty homes are preventing them from finding affordable housing.

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