[Hpn] RE: Idea: a tax on empty buildings

Ronald J. Bartle RBartle@t-online.de
Thu, 14 Sep 2000 01:14:39 +0200

I am not shure about in other places - but at least in the UK and Germany
here - there
are legal measures to force the owners of empty residential structures to use
or rent them.

If left for too long in the UK for instance - (at least when I was serving as
an offical
at the City Housing Office in Truro, Cornwall - in s.w. England - if the place
was left empty
for more than so many years - the owner got a formal warning and then if no
useage or rental in
a certain number of months - the county was empowered to sell the property by
auction to whoever
guaranteed that it would be used/let and offered the best price.  A fee was
taken - and the person had
to pay fines - and then get the rest of the cash etc.

I can`t remember all the details of the procedure now - but I would think most
European nations have this
legislation - perhaps comming out of the fact that this part of the world is
densly populated and
space itself is at a premium.

ron b.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: homeless-owner@csf.colorado.edu
>[mailto:homeless-owner@csf.colorado.edu]On Behalf Of Ria Strong
>Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2000 11:11 AM
>Subject: Idea: a tax on empty buildings
>One of my formerly homeless colleagues came up with a brilliant idea--
>a tax on empty buildings.
>There are so many empty building around-- from office buildings to
>flats and houses.
>Currently, people here in Australia can use properties as a tax dodge
>(through negative gearing-- I don't quite *understand* it, but I know
>it's done). People can rent out their properties or leave them
>unoccupied-- the tax benefits are the same.
>What if people were *taxed* on any unoccupied buildings they owned,
>How many landlords would decide they *had* to rent out their
>properties? Lots, I suspect.
>What do you think?