Stoke-on-Tent City Council plans to increase council tax on owners of empty homes by up to 300%.
It's part of a drive to get empty properties back on the market and people in them paying council tax.
Here's how the increase will work:
- From April 2019, houses that have been empty for 1 year will face a 100% increase
- From April 2020, houses that have been empty for 5 years will face a 200% increase
- From April 2021, houses that have been empty for 10 years will face a 300% increase
The council claim it will both boost the local community, and solve homelessness issues. ITV News has been filming with with a landlord who bought a 1907 terraced house last year.
The house had been empty for three months before he renovated it, putting in a ground source heat pump and using solar tiles making all of it's energy self sufficient.
Our reporter Callum Watkinson reports...