Council Tax on the rise- Again!

Owners of properties that have been left vacant for two years or more could see their Council Tax doubled.

Council Tax on the rise to the Horizon- Again!

While the number of vacant properties across the UK has dropped by a third since 2010, it is estimated that there are still more than 200,000 properties across the UK classed as long-term empty. This number dropped dramatically after councils were given powers in 2013 to charge 50% premium on council tax bills for empty properties, but there are still too many vacant properties in the UK.

Now new powers are being brought in by the government to try to fix the ‘broken’ housing market in the UK. In the next year, the government will allow a six per cent hike rise on the council tax. This new power will equip councils with the tools that they need to encourage the owners of these properties to bring them back into use. At the same time, it will tackle the harmful effect they have on communities, like squatting, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

95% of councils in England are planning to increase their council tax. Because of this, there have been dramatic claims from people that you’ll pay almost a hundred pounds extra each month. But this is just an estimate, the council tax that you pay depends on where you live and how big your house is. The government is claiming that the increased council tax will be used to keep the rates down for working families and for social services, such as social care and social housing.

Did you know?

The council has started the new regime where the vacant homeowners pay more council tax than for occupied properties.

There are more risks with a vacant property such as:

  • Fire
  • Lightning damage
  • Explosion
  • Windstorm or hail damage
  • Smoke
  • Riot or civil commotion damage
  • Sprinkler leakage
  • Sinkhole collapse
  • Vandalism 
  • Malicious mischief 
  • Squatters and the list keeps growing.

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