Decision Maker: Housing, Economy and Business Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Report to decide whether to adopt a higher percentage amount of council tax payable for long term empty dwellings up to a maximum percentage of 100%; to decide whether to remove the current 10% discount for empty furnished properties.
Julie Turner, Deputy Assistant Director (Resources - Business Services) presented the report.
Members enquired whether those concerned by long-term medical needs were exempt from the recommendations. The Head of Revenues and Benefits confirmed that an exemption applied to a property where the last occupier had moved into residential care on a permanent basis but the exemption did not apply if a move to a residential home was temporary. This was defined by legislation and was not a local decision. Clarification was provided by the Deputy Assistant Director as to the application of the recommendations.
Members asked whether any discount would be passed onto students renting properties but officers responded that this premium would not extend to circumstances where a property, is for example, unoccupied over summer provided a tenancy covered that period. The exemption would cease from the date the course end and if students decided to remain in the house beyond the course end date they would be liable to pay the full council tax charge
Reassurance was provided by the officers that quality would be monitored and the Chair suggested potential for update in a year’s time.
1. The removal of the 10% discount currently awarded on properties that are empty but have been left furnished be agreed with effect from 1 April 2019.
2. The premium payable on long term empty properties (empty for longer than two years) be increased from 50% to 100% with effect from 1 April 2019.
3. The premium payable on long term empty properties (empty for longer than five years) be increased from 100% to 200% with effect from 1 April 2020.
4. The premium payable on long term empty properties (empty for longer than ten years) be increased from 200% to 300% with effect from 1 April 2021.
Report author: Julie Turner
Publication date: 19/02/2019
Date of decision: 29/01/2019
Decided at meeting: 29/01/2019 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee