It worries me that in the new Localism Act, the Government is considering removing the six month council tax exemption on properties that fall empty. There is a proposal to allow councils to charge what they see fit, so anywhere from 0-100 percent of the council tax.
The Government says ‘there is no compelling
reason why the first six months should be treated so generously’.
If councils then did decide to charge full council tax it could add considerably to the financial burden of rental voids.
In a time when councils are strapped for cash they are likely to jump at any opportunity to bring in added revenue and I could see many opting to charge the full 100 percent on empty rental properties. Let's all face it the electorate don't have any great sympathy for the plight of landlords. In fact it would probably be a vote winner as well as a revenue raiser.
The only potential misgiving they might have would be the logistical difficulties of collecting the £2.86 charges when some rental properties fall empty for a day or two between tenancies. Maybe we'll see council offering one month period without charge before they through the full charge onto landlords.
It's purely speculation at this time so let's just hope it doesn't happen.
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