From 1 April 2017 under Part 7, Section 139 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, Authorities in Wales have the discretion to charge Council Tax Premiums on long-term empty properties and second homes.
On 9 December 2021 Council resolved to revoke the decision to charge 50% premium on long-term empty properties and second homes. It was replaced with a determination to continue with a premium of 25% for second homes and 50% on long-term empty properties from 1 April 2022. It was also resolved to increase the level of premium on both categories to 50% from 1 April 2023, subject to a review during 2022/2023.
The Affordable Housing (Council Tax Premium) Working Group of Members meet each financial year to review the position, duly taking into account all of the available information and latest consultation results prior to proposing a recommendation, which is then reviewed and considered through the democratic process.
The levying of the Premium has the potential to generate additional revenue, it is intended to be a tool to:
- Bring long-term empty home back into use
- Increase the supply of affordable housing
- Enhance the sustainability of local communities
- Help meet local housing needs
The Premium income currently helps to support the Housing and Homelessness budget.
A further consultation on the proposed premiums is currently being undertaken by Conwy County Borough Council and we would value your input into the consultation. The consultation results will be considered by the Affordable Housing (Council Tax Premium) Working Group.
This consultation ends on 3 October 2022.
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