Consultation on changes to the Council Tax Local Discounts & Exemptions Policy from 1 April 2019

Background information

Since 2013 Councils have been able to charge an additional Council Tax premium of up to 50% on long term empty homes. In July 2018 the Government announced an amended bill giving local authorities powers, from 1 April 2019, to charge even greater Council Tax premiums on homes that have been empty and unfurnished for more than 2 years.

Chorley Council is now consulting on proposals to bring these changes into effect from 1 April 2019: 

Effective Date  Empty Period Existing Premium Proposed Premium
1 April 2019          2 years+                    50%                             100%    
1 April 2020 2-5 years
5 years+
50%
50%
100%
200%
1 April 2021

2-5 years
5-10 years
10 years+
50%
50%
50%
100%
200%
300%
 
The proposed policy will continue to include that if a property is actively marketed for sale or rent (in line with average prices within the local area) there will be a six months period of grace before a premium is levied. In exceptional circumstances the proposed policy changes will also allow individual requests to the Council to waive the premium to be considered, under delegated powers, by the Executive Member (Resources).

Empty properties can have a negative impact on communities. The proposed increases in the empty homes premium are intended to incentivise owners of long term empty domestic properties to bring them back into use to reduce the shortage of housing and affordable homes within the borough.

This consultation will end on Friday 21 December 2018.


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