Date Published: 29 August 2017
People in Rutland are being given the opportunity to share their views on the Council Tax discounts and premiums applied to empty homes in the county, during a four-week consultation from 21st August to 15th September.
Rutland County Council are asking residents to comment on how much Council Tax discount people should receive on empty and uninhabitable homes and how much of a premium is charged on homes that have been empty for a long period of time.
The consultation will also look at whether the council should offer help to people with Council Tax bills for empty homes, but who are struggling financially.
“The current Council Tax discounts and premiums on empty homes haven’t been reviewed in four years so we’re taking this opportunity to look at these rates and assess whether it’s sensible to change them, especially as the Council continues to face funding cuts and financial pressures. Empty homes impact everyone in our local community and are often at risk of being sites of anti-social behavior and vandalism. We hope to discourage this kind of behaviour by encouraging home owners to bring their homes back into use. This does not in any way affect the Council Tax discounts and charges on homes that are inhabited, but it is still important that residents and landlords, regardless of whether they own an empty home, share their views with us.”Cllr Oliver Hemsley, Portfolio for Growth, Trading Services and Resources
People are invited to share their views by completing and submitting a survey by Friday 15th September.
The survey is available online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/consultations.
- Empty homes are houses that are not inhabited and are substantially unfurnished
- Uninhabitable homes are houses that are not inhabited and need or are undergoing major repair works or structural alteration to make them habitable again.