Views wanted on the Council Tax premium charge for periodically occupied properties

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2 November 2020

 Image of a country holiday homeFollowing the recent consultation on long-term empty properties, owners and the wider public are invited to have their say on Council Tax premium charges on periodically occupied properties - properties that are substantially furnished and are NOT occupied as someone's sole/main residence.

Since 1 April 2017, holiday or second homes and holiday lets (that fall short of the criteria to be rated for Business Rates) 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 types of properties resulting in a total charge of 200%.

Councillor Aled Davies, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "In a meeting on 24th September, the Council considered a notice of motion to increase the Council Tax premium on periodically occupied properties to 75%.

"Through this consultation we are keen to understand the impact periodically occupied properties have within Powys communities with regards to tourism and the local economy, and the availability of affordable housing across the county. We are also interested in what the impact on the number of periodically occupied properties in Powys would be, if the premium were to increase.

"We welcome response from both owners and the wider community so we can get a clear picture of from across all our communities."

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

The consultation will close on Monday 14 December.

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