Measures to prevent disuse of spaces
The vacancy tax must without question be retained but the City must also use other measures to prevent vacancy and to connect demand with vacant supply. Examples include:
Benefits for private owners who make their vacant buildings publicly available, provided that the benefits are invested in the renovation of the building.
Tax exemptions for owners who put their buildings at the disposal of charity or non-profit organisations.
The more frequent use of compulsory purchase orders for long term vacant housing which are renovated and returned to the owner only when the investment has been reimbursed by rental income.