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Move in or pay up, mate: Australia slaps tax on 'ghost homes'

But property experts say it's easy to hire someone to come in and turn on switches and taps, making a place appear lived-in

Residential buildings in the Docklands area of Melbourne. High-end homes in the city are popular with Chinese investors who mostly live abroad. The idea of taking prime property out of the housing supply and leaving it vacant has become a focus of anger.


ON a wet, midweek evening when most Australians are home cooking dinner, less than a third of the lights are on in the apartments in Melbourne's Docklands. Most shops and restaurants are closed. The only people passing through seem to be on their way elsewhere.

These "ghost...

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