Municipal Tax Hike on 'Ghost Apartments' in Israel Stalled at Interior Ministry

The tax penalty would apply to 47,000 apartments around the country that stand vacant for most of the year.

One of the suggestions to come out of the Trajtenberg committee, the public panel that looked into ways to lower the cost of living, related to higher taxation on apartments that stand empty most of the year. The committee thought this would add to the supply of available housing and help drive down prices, but the recommendations have been stalled.