Since 1 April 2013, when the Local Government Finance Act 2012 gave billing authorities the powers to levy premium charges against long-term empty dwellings (over 2 years) under Section 11B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
The council has increased council tax by the maximum premium of 50% on long-term empties. On 1 November 2018 the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force. This gave billing authorities in England powers to increase the premium charge to an additional maximum of 100%, from 1 April 2019, meaning that up to 200% the Council Tax will be levied on long-term empties.
At its’ meeting on 21 February 2019, the council decided that with effect from 1 April 2019 the premium charge is to increase to the maximum of 100%, meaning that up to 200% the council tax will be levied on long-term empties.