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Home Resident Council Tax Council Tax Premiums on Long Term Empty Properties and Second Homes in Conwy

Council Tax Premiums on Long Term Empty Properties and Second Homes in Conwy

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This consultation closed on 20th August 2021.

We are carrying out a consultation on premiums for empty properties and second homes and we would value your input.

Conwy County Borough Council charges an additional Council Tax premium for properties which are defined as second homes or long term empty properties.

This is allowed under section 12A and 12B of the Local Government Finance Act, 1992 inserted by section 139 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

Some properties are exempt from the Council Tax premiums - for example, if your property is being actively marketed for rent or sale you are exempt for up to 12 months. You can find more information on the Council Tax premiums and the exceptions at the Welsh Government website.

On 16th December 2020, Council overturned the decision to charge 50% premium on long-term empty properties and second homes. This was replaced with a decision to continue with a 25% premium for second homes and increase the long-term empty home premium to 50% from 1st April 2021. It also decided to increase the premiums on both categories to 50% from 1st April 2022, subject to a review during 2021/2022.

The Affordable Housing (Council Tax Premium) Task and Finish Group of Members meets each financial year to review the position. They consider all the available information and latest consultation results before making a recommendation, which is then reviewed and considered through the democratic process.

We are carrying out a further consultation on the proposed premiums and we would value your input. The consultation results will be considered by the Task and Finish Group.

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