Long Term Empty Premium Consultation 2018

We are inviting your views on the Long Term Empty Premium Consultation 2018.

New legislation has recently been passed to allow councils to charge a long-term empty premium of up to 100% on top of the council tax payable, in respect of domestic properties that have been left empty and substantially unfurnished for two years or more. This would take effect from April 2019 and means that if a property is empty and unfurnished for two years or more, council tax would be charged at 200% from 1 April 2019.  

Further legislation has been passed to allow councils to charge a higher rate when properties are left empty and substantially unfurnished for longer periods from April 2020.

Premium rate Properties affected Date from
100% Properties empty for between two and five years April 2019
200% Properties empty for between five and ten years April 2020
300% Properties empty for over ten years April 2021

 

Examples:

  • If a property has already been empty and unfurnished for more than two years as at April 2019 then the owner would need to pay an extra council tax premium of 100% (on top of the actual council tax due)
  • If the same property remains empty and unfurnished for more than five years then the extra council tax premium would rise to 200% from either April 2020 or the date when it has been empty for five years (if later than April 2020)

There are two exceptions:

  • Where the property is left empty by a serving member of the armed forces, who is living elsewhere in accommodation provided by the Secretary of State for defence; or where the property is the sole or main residence of a serving member of the armed forces, who is subject to a job related discount at an alternative address provided by the Secretary of State for defence.
  • Empty annexes would not be affected by the premium

Have your say

The consultation runs until Friday 21 December 2018.

Please give your views via our online form.

Alternatively, you can respond to the consultation by submitting your comments to consultations@canterbury.gov.uk or by writing to:

Long Term Empty Premium Consultation

Canterbury City Council
Council Offices
Military Road
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1YW