Empty Homes council tax rise coming to Arun

Homes in Arun that are classified as ‘empty’ will now be subject to an increased council tax charge.

From 1 April 2022, owners of properties that still remain empty after two years will be required to pay an additional 50% council tax due to the length of time the property has remained empty.

An ‘empty’ home is any privately owned residential property that has been unoccupied (no persons permanently living at the address) and unfurnished (there are no substantial furnishings for the property to be utilised as a habitable dwelling) for at least six months. The property is not exempt from paying council tax charges and it is not a furnished second home or holiday let.

Cllr David Edwards, Chairman of the Environment Committee said:
“The intention of this change is to encourage owners of long-term empty properties to bring them back into use. A home being left empty for this amount of time is a huge, wasted resource and potential wasted income for the owners.

"Empty homes are an asset and if owners are in financial difficulty then they have the option to place their property on the market in order to relieve the financial burden, or to raise funds using the property as collateral. This is not always an option owners wish to take but they are a choice available to you for consideration.”

Other options to explore are: 

  •  Refurbish your property with our interest free loans up to £10,000 and non-repayable loans of up to £5,000 per property/unit of accommodation more information this can be found via the website www.arun.gov.uk/empty-homes
  • If refurbishing your property you may be eligible to pay reduced rate VAT, more information on VAT discounts can be found via Buildings and construction (VAT

Notice 708) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) you can also find reliable trades people through www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk, www.checkatrade.com or www.mybuilder.com

  • Let your property privately, more information on this can be found through our

website www.arun.gov.uk/empty-homes

  • Let your property to students, more information on this can be obtained by

emailing Chichester University direct at privatesector@chi.ac.uk

  •  Rent your property out as a holiday let, more information on this can be obtained at www.gov.uk/introduction-to-business-rates/self-catering-and-holiday-let-accommodation

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