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Empty Properties & Second Homes Consultation

The Council has discretionary powers to charge higher amounts of Council Tax (a premium) on  certain properties provided for by the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

The discretion given to Councils to charge a premium is intended to be used as part of a wider strategy to help Councils to:

a) Bring long-term empty homes back into use to provide safe, secure and affordable homes; and

b) Support Councils in increasing the supply of affordable housing and enhancing the sustainability of local communities.  

The Council is proposing to:

  • Introduce a Council Tax Premium on long-term empty properties at 50% for those which have been empty between 1 and 2 years.  The level of premium would then increase to 100% for those properties which have been empty for more than 2 years.
  • To charge a premium in respect of second homes, 100% for all properties classified as a second home under Class B of the Council Tax (Prescribed Class of Dwelling) (Wales) Regulations 1998.

There are exceptions.  A premium cannot be charged on a dwelling that falls within one of the seven Classes of Dwellings listed below:





Dwellings being marketed for sale – time limited for one year.


Second Homes and Long-Term Empty Properties


Class 2

Dwellings being marketed for let – time limited for one year

Class 3

Annexes forming part of, or being treated as part of, the main dwelling

Class 4

Dwellings which would be someone’s sole or main residence if they were not residing in armed forces accommodation

Class 5

Occupied caravan pitches and boat moorings

Second Homes


Class 6

Seasonal homes where year-round occupation is prohibited

Class 7

Job-related dwellings

The Consultation will close on the 21st November 2022.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

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Research & Consultation
Public Relations & Strategy
The Pavilions
Cambrian Industrial Park
Clydach Vale
CF40 2XX

Telephone: 01443 425014 – between 9am & 5pm, Monday – Friday.