We need to end the scandal of empty homes in this country. We're calling on council candidates in London's local elections this May to make a public pledge to double council tax on empty homes - and work to end the scandal of properties being left vacant.
Higher-value houses, houses in prime area of London, and houses owned by overseas investors are more likely than other houses to be left empty, according to research by the Centre for Housing Policy.
With so many people sleeping rough on our streets, and the housing crisis leaving homes unaffordable for ordinary people, it’s wrong that homes should be left empty.
Councillors can help solve this problem. The Government is giving councils the power to double council tax on properties left empty for more than two years.
This will help deter owners leaving their properties empty, and will raise money that councils could spend on affordable homes.
But Councils have to actually commit to using these new powers. That's why we're asking councillor candidates to make a public pledge that, if elected, they will vote to double council tax on empty homes in their borough.
If you live in London and care about empty homes, please help us by contacting your councillor candidates and urging them to take the pledge.