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As the EU is intending to do away with 0% rates altogether it is highly unlikely that any further reduction will be made. However, it looks more likely that VAT will be harmonised at 5% on both new build and refurbishment of empty properties. Although this has a very generous application in Europe, the matter here is still at consultation stage and nothing has really progressed. Although C&E are not aware of what is in the pipeline, it is looking increasingly possible. NAs this has been an ongoing campaign of The Empty Homes Agency, it once more proves the Agency’s worth.
Several of you have mentioned housing investment companies that seem to be buying up properties, keeping them empty and driving market prices down. The Empty Homes Agency is looking into this and would appreciate some examples of what is happening in your area. A good understanding of regeneration is essential when tackling empty properties. So many differing theories abound on the subject that it is important to ensure that your empty property strategy is tailored to suit your area. More Details: Enact Conveyancing Melbourne
One way of doing this is to conduct effective community consultation. The days of the tortuous public meeting paying lip-service to consultation are over. If you really want to know what the market is doing and benefit from valuable contributions your community can make, then you must ask and show that you have listened. There has been considerable criticism of local authorities from a number of sources recently saying that they have a problem of sharing control and granting autonomy to communities – both to community members and to community groups. In some ways this is fair criticism and in other ways not so fair.
Local authorities have historically been creatures of control. Following instructions from democratically elected members, they have sought – quite rightly – to implement policy decided from above. In good examples this policy implementation has resulted in communities benefiting from best practice and other local authorities benefiting from the dissemination of that good practice. However evolving political thought has shown that a democratic election should not be the last say that the voting public has on the matter and that – on what happens in the community – decisions should be reached via a consensus of councillors, local authority officers, community groups, private investors with a valid interest in the area and community members. The most obvious example is that where demolition of empty properties seems to be the only answer.