barefoot wrote:Also with the infamous British "window tax", where buildings were, for a period in history, taxed on a simple rate per window. Big houses have more windows. Simple. So people started bricking up their windows and building houses with less windows, and lived in unpleasant dingy dark conditions to save on tax.
Apparently Italy (or maybe just Sicily) has a tax on houses, paid once they are finished. So there are lots and lots of houses built and occupied...... with unfinished upper floors.