Changes are being made to the amount of Council Tax Premium that is charged in respect of some empty properties with effect from 1st April 2020.
In 2018 the Government introduced the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018. This allows local authorities to increase the level of the Council Tax Premium charged.
At it's Council meeting on 13th December 2018, Shropshire Council resolved to charge the premium at 100% for properties that had been both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years or more.
In addition to this, at it's Council meeting on 19th December 2019, Shropshire Council resolved to increase the council tax premium from 100% to 200% for properties that had been both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for five years or more.
This means that if a property remains both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, the Council Tax Premium charged will increase to 200% at the point that Council records show that it has been both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than five years. Please be advised that this is irrespective of any change in ownership of the property. Details of any changes applied will be shown on council tax bills.
For more information about the premium, accessing online council tax accounts or council tax in general visit: shropshire.gov.uk/council-tax/