Agenda item

Council Tax – Long Term Empty Property Premiums

Report of Executive Member Place, Councillor Paul Claussen.

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Place presented the report to Members explaining that since April 2013 councils had the discretion to charge up to 50% empty homes premium for properties that had been empty for over 2-years.  In offering the new powers the Government were seeking to influence owners to bring empty homes back into use as well as the ability for councils to increase Council Tax income.

 

Reasons for Recommendations

To bring long term empty properties back into use as soon as possible and to incentivise this by adding penalties through the additional Council tax premium charged.

 

Options

1a)    That subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued, Cabinet approve an additional 50% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 2 years, raising the Council Tax to 200%, from 1 April 2019; and

 

1b)    That subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued, Cabinet approve an additional 100% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 5 years, raising the Council Tax to 300%, from 1 April 2020; and

 

1c)    That subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued, Cabinet approve an additional 100% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 10 years, raising the Council Tax to 400%, from 1 April 2021; and

 

1d)    That subject to recommendations 1-3 being agreed, the Long Term Empty Premium will not apply where a property already subject to a Long Term Empty Premium changes ownership until a further 2 years has passed. At which time the 100% Long Term Empty Premium will apply and this will increase in line with normal progression of the Premium.

 

2)      That subject to the relevant legislation coming into force some but not all of the options are approved by Cabinet.

 

3)      Do nothing.

 

RESOLVED that:

1)     Subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued,  an additional 50% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 2 years, raising the Council Tax to 200%, from 1 April 2019 be approved.

 

2)     Subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued, an additional 100% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 5 years, raising the Council Tax to 300%, from 1 April 2020 be approved.

 

3)     Subject to the relevant legislation coming into force and subject to following any guidelines issued, an additional 100% Council Tax premium on Long Term Empty properties longer than 10 years, raising the Council Tax to 400%, from 1 April 2021 be approved.

 

4)     Subject to recommendations 1-3 being agreed, the Long Term Empty Premium would not apply where a property already subject to a Long Term Empty Premium changes ownership until a further 2 years had passed. At which time the 100% Long Term Empty Premium would apply and this would increase in line with normal progression of the Premium be approved.

 

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