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Changes to council tax charges on long and short-term empty properties

Landlords NewsletterAs part of a drive to get empty homes back into use, the Council has decided to increase the amount of council tax charged for homes which have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years.

The new charge comes in from April 1, 2017 and means that if you own a property like this then you will be charged 150 per cent council tax from April 1, 2017. It is of your total council tax bill and not just the Charnwood element.

This long term empty property ‘premium’ will apply irrespective of how long the current owner has had the property. There are exceptions where the long term empty property premium will not be added.

They are:

  • empty properties which are the main residence of a member of the armed services, who is absent from the property as a result of such service.
  • empty properties which form part of a single property that is being treated by a resident of that property as part of the main dwelling (ie. an annexe).
  • empty properties which are genuinely on the market for sale or rent.

The Council recently contacted all owners of long term empty properties to determine whether their property falls into any of the above categories. If you have received a Council Tax bill showing the addition of the long term empty premium,and you believe that the premium should not have been applied, please contact the Revenues office on 0345 6091258.

We’ve also changed the amount of council tax payable on properties which are empty (ie unoccupied and unfurnished) for a short period.

Currently such properties receive a 100 per cent discount for up to one month. However, from April 1, 2017 this discount will no longer apply, and unoccupied and unfurnished properties will pay the full rate of council tax from the date they become empty.

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