Landlords only pay income tax and sometimes a registration fee. Local Authorities should be able to inpose a local tax on landlords similar to local business taxes.  This would be especially helpful to university towns and cities where landlords they rent to students who make not contribution to local council revenue.. This would help to maintain the services that non council tax paying tenants make use of. 

Why is this idea important?

Many communities are being over-run by student accommodation and the impact is driving local residents out, making the areas wastelands during term breaks. If local authorities can raise revenue to enable them to minimise the impact of such accommodation there is more chance of maintaining intergated communities and minimising the excesses of some individuals' behaviour.

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