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Council tax premiums for empty properties and second homes

Long-term empty properties and second homes in Rhondda Cynon Taf will be subject to a Council Tax premium – an additional amount of council tax to be paid on top of the normal council tax bill.

The discretion given to local authorities to charge a premium is intended to be a tool to help Councils to:

  • bring long-term empty homes back into use to provide safe, secure and affordable homes
  • support local authorities in increasing the supply of affordable housing and enhancing the sustainability of local communities

Are there any exceptions to the premium?

There are some exceptions to the premium that may apply from 1 April 2023 listed below:

  • Class 1 - dwellings being marketed for sale - this exception is time-limited for one year
  • Class 2 - dwellings being marketed for let - this exception is 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 only)
  • Class 6 - seasonal homes where year-round occupation is prohibited (second homes only)
  • Class 7 - job-related dwellings (second homes only)

 If you believe you are eligible for an exception listed above please e-mail revenues@rctcbc.gov.uk with the relevant information.

What if my property isn't eligible for an exception?

With effect from 1 April 2023, for long term empty properties, you will be subject to a 50% Council Tax Premium if your property has been empty for between 1 and 2 years and a 100% premium if it has been empty longer than 2 years.

From 1st April 2024 all second homes will be subject to a 100% council tax premium.

If you would like to work with the council in order to bring your property back into full-time use we can potentially assist you. You can find details of this help here - www.rctcbc.gov.uk/emptyproperties  

FAQ’s

I am an owner of an empty property. How will I be notified that I am liable to pay the premium and how much notice, if any, will I be given?

All owners of properties that will be subject to the long term empty premium will be written to in January 2023 advising them that they will be subject to a premium from 1 April 2023. Properties that will subsequently fall into this category will receive a council tax bill showing the premium. If your property is likely to have been empty for a year or more by 1 April 2023 and you would like some help or advice please contact the Council. Further information will be included with your Council Tax Bill that will be issued in March 2023.

I am an owner of a second home. How will I be notified that I am liable to pay the premium and how much notice, if any, will I be given?

All owners of second homes that the council are aware of will be written to in January 2023 advising them that a premium will be charged on their property effective from 1 April 2024. Any properties that are subsequently identified as second homes will also be written to advising them of the same. If you receive a letter and think your property should not be classed as a second home please contact us.

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