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Friday, November 18, 2016

Have your say on empty homes charging plans

Denbighshire County Council is urging residents to have their say on a proposal to charge additional council tax on long-term empty properties and second homes in the county.

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 gives all councils in Wales the powers to charge the additional council tax and a number of authorities across the country have already implemented the change.
The Welsh Government has introduced these new powers to help Councils encourage homeowners not to unnecessarily leave their properties empty and unoccupied for long periods of time. The powers are also intended to encourage homeowners to bring long term empty and second homes back into use for the benefit of the local community and economy.

Now the council is asking for views on how it should implement these powers from 1 April 2018.

A second home is classed as a dwelling which is not a person’s sole or main home and is substantially furnished. A long – term property is a dwelling which is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for a continuous period of at least one year.

Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, said: “The Welsh Government has introduced these new powers to help Councils encourage homeowners not to unnecessarily leave their properties empty and unoccupied for long periods of time.

“The powers are also intended to encourage homeowners to bring long term empty and second homes back into use for the benefit of the local community and economy. Developing the local economy and creating vibrant communities is a key priority for the Council and this initiative will assist to realise this ambition.

“We are encouraging people interested in this matter to share their views."

You can have your say by completing a short online survey on www.denbighshire.gov.uk/consultations or by sending  an email to:  Itesh.consultation@denbighshire.gov.uk
Alternatively, people can write to the Council at: Contracts & Performance, Finance Department, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62, Ruthin, LL15 9AZ or phone 01824 706006
The consultation runs until December 14th and the findings will be reported to a meeting of the Full Council in early 2017.

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