Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic (And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax)

Starting in 2015, Paris began taxing vacant homes the equivalent of 20% of the fair market value of rent. On January 30 this year, they tripled that amount to 60%. The idea isn’t to punish those fortunate enough to own a second (or twelfth) home. They’re trying to discourage speculation and promote a healthy rental market.

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Via Stephen Punwasi of,

Runaway real estate speculation has been filling global capitals with vacant homes, creating artificial shortages in the world?s most sought after cities. The ?shortage? has made local home owners wealthy overnight, but it comes at the cost of turning lively cities into empty shells. The city of Paris has decided it?s had enough, and implemented a tax in 2015. They didn?t quite get the results they wanted, so they?re now tripling the tax to 60%.

Paris? Empty Home Problem

Paris has been trying to deal with vacant property owners for some time. Despite warnings that the city will have to take action, the number of vacant homes is growing. There?s now 107,000 vacant homes, representing 7.5% of all residential dwellings in the city according to France?s INSEE. Deputy Mayor Ian Brossat told Le Monde that 40,000 of those vacant homes aren?t even connected to the…

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10 thoughts on “Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic (And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax)

  1. There is no dearth of vacant homes here either. We have plenty of vacant homes that are being left to rot and fall down while the homelessness epidemic spirals out of control and no one has a clue as to what to do about it. Meanwhile, those speculators swoop in and buy up properties for pennies on the dollar and then ‘lease or otherwise ‘rent-to-own’ them out to poor people who cannot make the repairs and then the house reverts back to those vultures, leaving the poor right back at square one. The system is designed to set people up for a fall and that is exactly what is occurring.


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