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MHK says dilapidated buildings are 'negative' for Island communities

Jason Moorhouse is putting a motion to Tynwald for higher rates on uninhabited houses

An MHK says owners of run down buildings should 'no longer' have their rates payments suspended.

Jason Moorhouse who represents Arbory, Castletown and Malew, is putting forward a motion to Tynwald to make them pay higher rates on properties that are 'uninhabitable'.

He's suggesting an increase of 20 per cent 'compounded' to try and encourage homeowners of dilapidated houses to renovate.

Mr Moorhouse says there are 6,000 empty properties on the Island and this motion would be a 'doable' solution:

Local Democracy Reporter Emma Draper has been speaking to him:

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