Owners of empty homes in Stratford will have to pay double tax. Currently there are 200 properties that qualify for the premium. This will raise more than £186,000 a year.
This decision follows the recent legislation by the government will allows local councils to increase council tax from 50 to 100%.
David Platts, SDC head of revenues, said:
This levy is part of the government drive to increase the number of properties back on to the market and so contribute to the national shortfall in housing numbers.”