Have your say on Council Tax premiums on long-term empty properties

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17 September 2020

Image of an abandoned houseOwners and the wider public are invited to have their say on Council Tax premium charges on long-term empty properties, which does not include second homes.

Unfurnished and unoccupied for more than a year, since 1 April 2017 long-term empty properties in Powys are subject to a Council Tax premium of 50%, resulting in a total Council Tax charge of 150%.

Regulations allow for a 100% Council Tax premium to be charged on these properties resulting in a total charge of 200%.

Councillor Aled Davies, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "We are keen to understand why some properties, almost 1,000 in Powys, are left empty for long periods of time by their owners and what impact increasing the premium may have on the numbers of long-term empty properties we have in the county.

"We are interested in the potential impact increasing the Council Tax premium on these properties would have in bringing them back into use, potentially supporting an increase in affordable housing and how this would impact the local communities in general.

"For owners who would like to bring their residential property back into use, the Council offer an interest free, home improvement loan scheme, funded by the Welsh Government, more information can be found on our website."

To respond to the consultation, people can complete the online survey at https://haveyoursay.powys.gov.uk/.

The consultation will close on Friday 30 October.

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