PEOPLE who own empty homes in Calderdale could face a huge council tax increase.
At the moment they get a 50% discount – but that now may be cut to just 10%.
There are now around 3,000 properties in Calderdale which have been unoccupied for more than six months.
While some of these are second homes, half have been unoccupied for over a year and one quarter for more than two years.
On Thursday, Calderdale Council’s Community Services Scrutiny Panel will consider options including changing this discount to only 10% in a bid to make leaving houses empty a less attractive option for their owners.
Panel chairman Clr Colin Stout said: “The problem of empty properties is one which needs closer examination. A reduction in the council tax discount could bring these empty properties back into play where they can be properly used by local people.”
He added that houses which are left empty for a long time attract crime with arson, vandalism and antisocial behaviour becoming a problem in areas where there are large numbers of them.