Westminster

Developer leaves central London housing block empty for seven years

Just as well there are no homeless people in Westminster.

Bit of a  long shot, but  if they have planning permission to be redeveloped as 'affordable' housing, perhaps they could be EDMOd  and affordable rents charged. 

Depends partly on their current market rent value.  If uninhabitable, that would be zero.

Some  further  info about these buildings can be found  here.

London Mayor calls for higher EHP on luxury empties

Editorial

Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, has written to the government requesting powers to levy higher council tax on empty high-value homes. The press release does not state what level of tax should be charged but says it should be set

'at a meaningful rate that would incentivise occupation, or at the very least generate a more substantial receipt that could support investment in new affordable homes and other measures to tackle the housing crisis.'

Provisional New Homes Bonus figures released - empties down again

The provisional New Homes Bonus figures for 2015-16 show another 10,153 long-term empties returned to use or otherwise removed from the total recorded on the Council Tax Base returns.

The figures are accessible from the government's New Homes Bonus page and were welcomed by Stephen Williams, MP, as reported in the DCLG press release:

News summary week ending 2010-02-14

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