The Liberal Democrats announce today that they would allow Cheltenham Borough Council to increase council tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term.
The latest Government statistics show that there are up to 416 homes left empty long-term in Cheltenham.
In response, and as part of its plan to alleviate the housing crisis, the Liberal Democrats would legislate to allow Cheltenham Borough Council to increase council tax by up to 500% where properties are being left vacant long-term. The revenues would then be reinvested to build new homes for the community or to invest in local services.
Commenting on the announcement, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Cheltenham, Max Wilkinson said:
“People across Cheltenham are worried about the lack of genuinely affordable homes. But they are being priced out of the local area because of the shocking rise of empty homes.
"Wealthy owners are treating these properties as financial assets rather than a place to live, impacting local people.
"The Liberal Democrats will fix the housing market and tackle the issue of empty homes in Cheltenham. We will ensure that everyone is secure in their home and delivering a brighter future for our country.”