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Second home Council Tax could jump by 100 per cent

 
Created on 03/11/2020 @ 09:36
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Second home and holiday let owners in the area might soon have to pay a 200 per cent charge on Council Tax.

A consultation has begun to ask local people and second home property owners to comment on the current situation and the ability to charge extra under government regulations.

Last month the council agreed to raise the amount empty properties are charged in the area following a similar consultation.

"Following the recent consultation on long-term empty properties, owners and the wider public are invited to have their say on Council Tax premium charges on periodically occupied properties - properties that are substantially furnished and are NOT occupied as someone’s sole/main residence," said a council statement.

Since 1 April 2017, holiday or second homes and holiday lets (that fall short of the criteria to be rated for Business Rates) in Powys are subject to a Council Tax premium of 50%, resulting in a total Council Tax charge of 150 per cent.
 
Regulations allow for a 100 per cent Council Tax premium to be charged on these types of properties resulting in a total charge of 200 per cent.
 
Councillor Aled Davies, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “In a meeting on 24th September, the Council considered a notice of motion to increase the Council Tax premium on periodically occupied properties to 75%.
 
“Through this consultation we are keen to understand the impact periodically occupied properties have within Powys communities with regards to tourism and the local economy, and the availability of affordable housing across the county.

"We are also interested in what the impact on the number of periodically occupied properties in Powys would be, if the premium were to increase.
 
“We welcome response from both owners and the wider community so we can get a clear picture of from across all our communities.”
 
To respond to the consultation, people can complete the online survey at https://haveyoursay.powys.gov.uk/

The consultation will close on Monday, 14 December.
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