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Council Tax - Changes to Empty Property Charges

    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.
    • Where a domestic property remains unoccupied and unfurnished for a period of over 2 years, then the charge will be 150% of the normal liability.
    • Furnished unoccupied properties or second homes, where continuous occupancy for 28 days or more is not prohibited will be liable for the 100% charge.

    Powers have been given to Local Authorities to allow Council tax payers to pay their bill over 12 months instead of 10 months as in previous years.  To enable to receive the full benefit of this, applications need to be received by the beginning of April.  When an application is received  later, your instalments will be spread over the remaining months of that financial year.


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