Council Tax empty homes charges are changing

13 Dec 2016

Council Tax Empty Homes charges for Stevenage are changing from 1 April 2017

Up to 31 March 2017 From 1 April 29017
Empty and unfurnished:
10% discount for up to 6 months
Empty and unfurnished:
No discount
Empty and unfurnished and undergoing repairs or structural work:
10% discount for up to 12 months
Empty and unfurnished and undergoing major repairs or structural work:
No discount
Empty and unfurnished for over 2 years:
100% of liability
Empty and unfurnished for over 2 years:
150% of liability

If you require further information about these changes please contact us on 01438 242875 or email us at revenues@hertspartnership-ala.gov.uk or write to us at: The Revenues Service, Council Offices, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ

Some examples of the changes are as follows:

  • A single person who moves out of a property which they own, will find that their council tax bill will rise. This is because once the property is unoccupied and unfurnished it does not attract a single-person discount, and a full 100% charge is due.

For example:

A Single person is resident and is charged 75% of the Council tax liability

  • The single person leaves the property empty and unfurnished and a full 100% charge is due.
    The owner then lets the property to a couple, and the charge is 100% of liability.
  • Landlords will find that where a property is unoccupied and unfurnished they will have to pay a full 100% council tax charge.
  • New owner(s) of a property will pay a full 100% council tax charge from the completion date of purchase and owners who leave a property unoccupied and unfurnished prior to completion of a sale will pay a full 100% council tax charge up to the completion date of the sale.
  • New tenant(s) of a property that is unoccupied and unfurnished will pay a full 100% council tax charge from the tenancy commencement date and tenants moving out will pay a full 100% council tax charge up to the date the tenancy agreement ends.
  • Individuals buying a property which they then spend several months repairing or rebuilding, which they cannot or do not live in whilst the work is ongoing, will be liable for a full 100% council tax charge throughout the period of repair.