Section: Council Tax

Stronger powers announced for councils to tackle empty homes

Posted 19.07.18
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Councils across England will have powers to charge even greater Council Tax premiums on homes left empty for many years following an amendment to a government bill.

Introduced in March, this legislation originally contained provision for councils to double the rate of tax on properties that had been empty for 2 years or more.

The government is now going further and introducing an amendment that would allow councils to triple the council tax on homes left empty for five to 10 years and quadruple it on those empty for more than a decade.

Homes which have been empty for between 2 and 5 years would still be subject to the Council Tax bill being doubled under the proposal.


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