Iranian parliament toughens rules on empty home tax
The Iranian parliament has ratified a motion to allow the government to impose hefty taxes on owners of empty homes.
According to IRNA, the Sunday legislation would toughen the rules governing a vacancy tax bill adopted in the chamber in 2015 to help fight a rental shortage in big cities in Iran.
The report said owners of empty houses would be forced to pay up to two times the sum of monthly rents for their properties if they do not let them after six months of vacancy.
Empty flats and apartments would be identified through a new online system set up by Iran’s Ministry of Road and Urban Development and run by the country's tax office.
“We should use strong deterrent measures if we want to force someone to bring back a residential unit into the housing market,” said Hosseinzadeh Bahraini, a senior lawmaker of the Iranian parliament.
Under the new taxation rules, if owners of empty houses refuse to rent out their property in successive years, they would face an additional tax of up to 50 percent of the duties they owe.