Renovator hit with £2,800 'double' council tax bill after buying empty property

Houses as seen from the street in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent
Ray Plant bought the house in the village of Bradeley (pictured), Stoke-on-Trent, for £100,000 (Image credit: Google Street View)

A property developer who bought an empty derelict home to renovate has been hit with an eye-watering £2,800 'double' council tax bill.

Ray Plant, from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, fell foul of UK Government legislation designed to stop owners from leaving properties sitting empty.

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