Issue - meetings
Council Tax Empty Property Premium
Meeting: 27/02/2019 - Council (Item 121)
- Appendix 1 – Council Tax Empty Property Policy, item 121 PDF 82 KB View as HTML (121/2) 18 KB
- Appendix 2 - Extract of Minutes of the Policy and Resources Comittee held on 23 January 2019, item 121 PDF 24 KB View as HTML (121/3) 4 KB
It was moved by Councillor Cox, seconded by Councillor Perry, that the recommendation of the Policy and Resources Committee relating to the Council Tax Long Term Empty Property Premium be approved.
RESOLVED: That the revised Council Tax Long Term Empty Property Premium, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report of the Policy and Resources Committee, for the financial years beginning on 1 April 2019,
1 April 2020 and 1 April 2021 be implemented.
Mr McGinnes introduced a policy requiring that owners of properties that were empty and substantially unfurnished paid additional Council Tax premiums. The current policy added a premium of 50% to those properties that had been empty and unfurnished for 2 or more years. The proposed policy added an escalating premium onto properties the longer they remained empty, with a maximum additional premium of 300% additional Council Tax of those that had remained empty for 5 years or more. Mr McGinnes confirmed that the phrase ‘substantially unfurnished’ was present in Council Tax legislation, and therefore there was no discretion for this to be changed by the Council.
RESOLVED: That Council is recommended to implement the revised Council Tax premium for the financial years beginning 1 April 2019, 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2021.
Voting: For - 12 Against - 1 Abstentions – 0