Council Tax - Changes to Empty Property Charges

    Council tax Changes from 1 April 2019.

    Under the provisions of the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Act 2018, the government has amended the legislation which allows local authorities to charge an extra premium on properties which have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years. The legislation allows the local authority to charge a premium of up to 100% from 1 April 2019.

    Stafford Borough Council has determined that, from 1 April 2019, the additional premium on long term empty properties will be 100%.

    This means that, where a domestic property remains unoccupied and unfurnished for a period of over 2 years, then the charge will be 200% of the normal liability.

    Council tax Changes from 1 April 2013.

    The Local Government Finance Act 2012 came into force in October 2012, which allows changes to the regulations in respect certain Council tax discounts and exemptions.  These changes allow Local Authorities to adapt these discounts and exemptions to an amount which is set locally by Council.

    From 1 April 2013, the changes affecting Stafford Borough Council are as follows:

    • Unoccupied and unfurnished domestic properties are entitled to 6 months exemption followed by a full charge.
    • Furnished unoccupied properties or second homes, where continuous occupancy for 28 days or more is not prohibited will be liable for the 100% charge.



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