Empty homes are a tar­get for 100% rise in Coun­cil Tax pay­ments

Gloucestershire Echo - - SCANNER APPEAL -

» EMPTY homes in Chel­tenham are likely to be slapped with a 100 per cent coun­cil tax in­crease if plans are ap­proved next week.

Prop­er­ties that have been left empty or un­fur­nished for more than two years will see coun­cil tax rise 100 per cent from April 2019.

And the fig­ures will rise to 300 per cent from April 2021 if a prop­erty has been empty for 10 years or more.

In Oc­to­ber 2018, to­tal of 119 prop­er­ties in the town had been empty for more than two years, up from 80 Oc­to­ber last year, a bor­ough coun­cil doc­u­ment said.

The coun­cil be­lieves if those 119 prop­er­ties are hit by the coun­cil tax rise next spring, the in­come would in­crease by £12,000 for the au­thor­ity, £73,000 for Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil and £13,000 for the po­lice.

The cab­i­net are set to ap­prove the de­ci­sion and will then be sent to a coun­cil meet­ing for full ap­proval on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10.

If ap­proved, the plans will come into ef­fect as of Mon­day, April 1 2019.

Un­der the pro­posal, the coun­cil tax empty homes premium will in­crease to:

» 100 per cent from April 2019 in re­spect of prop­er­ties which have been un­oc­cu­pied and un­fur­nished for more than two years

» From April 2020, the premium will rise for prop­er­ties which have been empty for five years or more to 200 per cent

» From April 2021, it will in­crease for all prop­er­ties which have been empty for 10 years or more to 300 per cent.

New gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion has al­lowed the coun­cil to in­crease coun­cil tax on empty homes to 100 per cent, when be­fore au­thor­i­ties could only charge an ex­tra 50 per cent.

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