Council Tax empty homes premium consultation

​This consultation has now closed.


The Council is proposing to increase the Council Tax premium charged to properties that have been empty and largely unfurnished for more than two years from 50 per cent to 100 per cent with effect from 1 April 2019. We believe this will help to increase the amount of available housing stock in the borough and help us meet the target set out in our Empty Homes Strategy to bring 900 empty homes back into use over a five year period to 2021.

We would like to know what you think about the proposal to double the Council Tax empty homes premium, as well as your views on other potential changes that could be made in the future.

How to share your views

The consultation is open from 1 August 2018 to 24 October 2018. You can respond to the consultation using the online survey:

How your views will be used

The results of this consultation will be reported to key decision makers in November 2018 and will help to inform the Council’s approach to the empty homes premium from 1 April 2019.

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language, or require a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please contact:

Please note

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or gender identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.


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