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http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/article/34842/New-Empty-Home-Charges-from-1-April-2017 Last modified March 27, 2017 08:16

New Empty Home Charges from 1 April 2017

From 1 April 2017 Council Tax Empty Homes charges for East Herts are changing.

 Up to 31 March 2017From 1 April 2017
Empty and unfurnished50% discount for up to 6 months50% discount for up to 2 months
Empty and unfurnished and undergoing major repairs or structural work50% discount for up to 12 months50% discount for up to 6 months
Empty and unfurnished for over 2 years (Including repairs and structural alterations)100% of liability150% of liability

 

Some examples of the changes

  • A single person who moves out of a property which they own, will find that their council tax bill will rise after an initial period of 2 months. This is because once the property is unoccupied and unfurnished it does not attract a single-person discount, and the period of empty property relief is limited to 2 months at 50%  After two months the full 100% charge is due.

For example:

A Single person is resident and is charged 75% of the Council tax liability

The single person leaves the property empty and unfurnished for 5 months

The charge is 2 months at 50% followed by 3 months at 100%

The owner then lets the property to a couple, and the charge is 100% of liability.

  • Landlords will find that where a property is unoccupied and unfurnished they will have to pay a 50% charge for a maximum period of 2 months followed by a full 100% council tax charge thereafter. A property which is unoccupied and furnished will attract a full 100% council tax charge.
  • New owner(s) of a property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for a period of more than 2 months will pay a full 100% council tax charge from the completion date of purchase and owners who leave a property unoccupied and unfurnished prior to completion of a sale will initially have a 50% charge to pay for up to a maximum period of 2 months after which time a full 100% council tax charge will become payable up to the completion date of the sale.
  • New tenant(s) of a property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for a period of more than 2 months will pay a full 100% council tax charge from the tenancy commencement date and tenants moving out pay a 50% council tax charge for up to a maximum period of 2 months, after which a full 100% council tax charge becomes due up to the date the tenancy agreement ends.
  • Individuals buying a property which they then spend several months repairing or rebuilding, which they cannot or do not live in whilst the work is ongoing, will be liable for a 50% charge for the initial 6 months after which time a full 100% council tax charge will become payable as advised in the table above.

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