Empty Homes Premium
Certain Council Tax discounts have been awarded at the discretion of local authorities, in England, since 1 April 2013.
The 'empty homes premium', allowing up to 150% Council Tax on long-term empty properties, was introduced at the same time.
From 1 April 2016, Richmondshire District Council decided to levy an ‘empty homes premium’ for long-term empty properties. As such, properties which have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for over two years will be charged 150% of the normal liability.
This will be automatically calculated nearer to the two-year period and the appropriate Council Tax adjustment notice will be issued.
Should the Council subsequently be made aware that the dwelling had become occupied at an earlier date, we will need documentary evidence in support of this date and an inspection of the dwelling may be required.