Council tax empty homes premium

Closed 14 Oct 2018

Opened 17 Sep 2018

Overview

There are about 350 empty homes in Leicester. Leicester City Council wants to bring empty homes back into use and for many years has worked with homeowners to help them achieve this.

Long term empty properties are those which have been empty for at least two years. The government is expected to grant councils new powers to increase council tax on homes that have been empty for a long period of time. Properties empty for less than two years are unaffected by the proposals in the consultation. The amount depends on whether the property has been empty for two, five or 10 years.

Cuts in government funding also mean that the council has to raise additional revenue and make substantial savings. We could raise money by increasing the amount of council tax payable on properties that have been empty for two or more years.

This consultation asks whether you think we should change our current scheme.

You can give your views from 17 September until 14 October 2018.

How to have your say
The questionnaire is available here online. There is also an attachment below which you can print off and return to us.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Local businesses
  • Local charitable organisations, including faith communities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Landlords

Interests

  • Housing
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • City development and neighbourhoods
  • Local government
  • Business and enterprise