There is an exemption from the charge for up to six months for properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, and until 31st March 2019 this is followed by a charge of 50% after the exemption has finished.
With effect from 1st April 2019 the Council has decided to remove this discount which means that there will be a full charge after the exemption has finished. In addition to this, the Council has also decided to charge a further 50% premium where a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than a year which means that the charge will then increase to 150%.
There are certain properties that are excluded from the 50% premium charge.
Properties marketed for sale or let – this is time limited to one year Annexes forming part of a main property Property which would be someone’s residence if they were not residing in armed forces accommodation.
Which properties are exempt?
To be classed as substantially unfurnished there cannot be any furniture or furnishings at the property other than carpets, curtains and items that are fixtures.
In order to grant this exemption, we may need to arrange a visit to your property. We can also request to inspect the property at any time after the exemption has been granted.
NB the period of the exemption begins from the date that furniture is removed from the unoccupied property regardless of any changes in liability or ownership.
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Posted in Landlords announcements on Mar 01, 2019