- Posted by: Cardiff Labour
- Category: News
Owners of long-term empty properties in Cardiff face a further increase in their council tax charges under new plans to help alleviate pressures on housing availability in the city.
From April, a council tax premium of 50% will rise to 100% for homes left unoccupied and unfurnished for more than a year in a bid to encourage owners to bring these properties back into use.
Second homes in the city and furnished dwellings that are not anyone’s main home will also be charged a premium of 100% from April 2024 after proposals were approved by Cabinet earlier this month, and Full Council last night.
The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 gave councils the discretion to apply a premium of up to 100% on top of the standard rate of council tax for long-term empty dwellings and since April 2019, a premium of 50% has applied to these properties in Cardiff. The Act also enabled councils to charge a premium of up to 100% on properties occupied only periodically.
The regulations have recently changed and Local Authorities now have the power to charge premiums of up to 300% of the annual Council Tax charge.
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