Council tax premium given the green light

A proposal to charge an additional 50% in council tax premium on long term empty homes and second homes in Denbighshire has been approved by councillors.

The 50% premium for long term empty homes will come into effect on April 2018 and on second homes from April 2019.

From 1st  April 2017, councils in Wales were given the powers to charge homeowners up to 100 % extra council tax on long-term empty homes and second homes.

The legislation was created with the aim of helping local authorities to help bring empty homes back into use; to increase the supply of affordable housing and to enhance the sustainability of local communities.

A number of North Wales councils made a formal decision by April 2016 so that the powers were in place by April 2017. 

Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, Performance and Strategic Assets, said: “Denbighshire decided to defer the powers until now, to ensure there was the opportunity for a detailed public consultation and to assess the impact in other local authority areas

“This 50% premium has been set after significant discussion with regional colleagues. We have decided the rationale for consistency of charges between both Long Term Empties and Second Homes will create less confusion, it is in line with most North Wales councils and the responses to our consultation generally supported the 50% premium.

Councillors also agreed a recommendation to review the impact of this decision in 12 months time.

 

Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017