Move to reduce number of empty properties approved by States

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PROPERTY owners will be discouraged from leaving flats and houses empty for long periods, following a backbencher’s successful proposal.

Deputy Montfort Tadier called for options to be drawn up by the end of September – after this summer’s general election – to ensure fewer properties were left vacant, which could include an empty property tax.

States Members voted almost unanimously this morning for Deputy Tadier’s proposition, with only St Mary Constable John Le Bailly voting against.

Recent figures highlighted that there were 4,027 vacant private dwellings identified on census day in 2021, equivalent to 8.3% of the Island’s stock remaining empty.

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