Decision details

Council Tax Empty Homes Discount and Empty Homes Premium

Decision Maker: Executive, Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve council tax discounts and premiums for empty homes


RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to Council that:


       i.        the discretionary 50% 6-month Council Tax discount for “empty and substantially unfurnished properties” is reduced to a 50% 1-month discount from 1 April 2019; and,


       ii.       the maximum additional council tax premiums on long term “empty and unfurnished properties” be applied according to the following commencement dates:

·         200% extra (for properties empty for 5-10 years) (commencing in April 2020), and

·         300% extra (for properties empty for 10+ years) (commencing in April 2021)


[This matter is recommended to Council for decision and is not subject to the call-in procedure.]


[Reason: to encourage landlords and homeowners to bring empty properties back into occupation.]

Publication date: 06/02/2019

Date of decision: 05/02/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/02/2019 - Executive

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