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Changes in Council Tax adds to Landlord costs!

council tax exemption for landlordsLandlords are reminded that as from this week, local authorities now have the discretion to charge full Council Tax on empty properties.

The change affect properties that until now have been given automatic exemptions and discounts, including furnished and unfurnished properties for rent.>Owners of properties that are empty because of building work will also lose the automatic right to be let off Council Tax for up to a year. Many councils have decided to charge the full amount from day one.  

These are the exact changes:  

1.    Exemption class C (properties that are empty and unfurnished for up to six months) has been abolished and each council can decide whether to award a local discount in its place    

2.    Councils can decide to charge an additional premium of up to 50% on homes that have been empty and unfurnished for two years or more

3.    Exemption class A (properties requiring or undergoing major repairs for up to 12 months) has been abolished and each council can decide whether to award a local discount in its place

4.    The minimum discount that councils can give for furnished homes that are no one’s ‘sole or main residence’ – i.e. second homes and unoccupied furnished lets – has been reduced from 10% to 0%.