BUDGET: new ideas
LANDLORDS and second-home owners could face a squeeze under new tax-raising moves.
Welfare reform and cuts in council funding are forcing a radical rethink of how the city pays for services.
Finance chief Cllr Mark Lowry is putting forward a raft of ideas to his Cabinet colleagues.
He is considering whether to increase the levy on the city's 2,480 second homes, which now get a council tax rebate.
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Owners of about 700 homes that have been empty for more than two years could also face paying a premium.
The 12-month 100 per cent discount for properties undergoing refurbishment could go.
And – in a move certain to face widespread opposition – landlords could lose their present council tax exemption between tenants.
Mr Lowry said none of the ideas was yet a firm proposal, but all possibilities were on the table.