Buildings vacant for five years will be taxed

The National Assembly decided on Wednesday to subject to the housing tax vacant buildings for five years throughout the territory, and to increase this tax 50% if "the duration of vacation is greater than ten years".

The deputies, who continued on Wednesday the examination of Bill Borloo on the housing, approved by a large majority an amendment of Yves Simon (app.UMP) envisaging this device.
According to the author of the adopted amendment, "it is necessary to combat the vacancy of buildings that penalizes the housing capacity and resources of communities" by reintroducing the housing tax at the expense of the owner.
"The 50% mark-up is designed to avoid long vacations that often degrade the environment," said Simon.

(26 / 01 / 2006)
Source: The expert monitor

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