Decision details

Reference from Executive 16 January 2019 - Council Tax Empty Homes Premium

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


This report outlines proposals for Council’s application of the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018.


This report was considered at Executive on 16 January 2019.  Members considered the report and the recommendations.


Councillor B Cannon moved the recommendations. This was seconded by Councillor A Smith.


Councillor B Finlay raised his concerns on the figures showing under paragraph 2.4 of the report on the steady increase in the number of long term empty properties within the Borough since 2013. Councillor B Finlay felt a new approach may be needed and moved an addition to the motion as follows;


‘That any additional income resulting from the adoption of this proposal be ring-fenced and used to support two specific housing market interventions, namely:

·  To extend the Councils own provision of temporary or permanent accommodation suitable for homeless families

·  To develop and implement pilot projects aimed at addressing the fundamental causes behind surplus housing, including the overprovision of new housing in areas with surpluses’.


This was seconded by Councillor M Fitzgerald.


Councillor B Cannon advised that the suggestions be directed to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee as part of the budget setting process and the March 2019 Council meeting when the budget would be discussed and agreed.


Councillor B Finlay agreed to withdraw his amendment but asked that his comments be considered as part of the budget setting.


Councillor J Lister asked how dangerous/uninhabitable did a property have to be that the premium would not apply.

Councillor B Cannon agreed a response would be provided following the meeting.


A vote was taken on the original motion, 38 in favour, the vote was unanimous. The motion was carried.


Resolved – That –


The recommendation to set the higher amount of Council Tax payable for prescribed dwelling ‘Class C’ (or equivalent as amended by the Local Government Finance Act 2012) be approved, i.e. standard empty and unfurnished properties that have remained so for a continuous period of:


a)  least 2 years, at a level of 100% with effect from 1 April 2019

b)  at least 5 years, at a level of 200% with effect from 1 April 2020

c)  at least 10 years, at a level of 300% with effect from 1 April 2021.


Report author: David Farrar

Publication date: 01/02/2019

Date of decision: 30/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 30/01/2019 - Council

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