Council Tax - Empty Homes Premium Consultation

Closed 23 Aug 2019

Opened 26 Jul 2019

Overview

Trafford Council wants to help bring empty homes back into use and wants to work with owners to help them achieve this.

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

The Council aims to use any additional revenue to fund schemes which will help owners carry out work to bring properties back into use.  This may include Council Tax breaks when renovation work is being carried out.

This consultation asks whether you think we should change our current scheme and if so how.

Why We Are Consulting

Trafford Council currently charge a 50% Council Tax premium (increased Council Tax charge) on properties which have been vacant for more than two years, we want to know your views on increasing this premium.

What Happens Next

The consultation has now closed. Thank you for your input. We will be assessing the feedback from all respondents and updating the results on this page.