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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

Second homes and long term empty homes


The council can charge a premium on the standard rate of Council Tax for long-term empty homes and second homes.

What is the Council Tax premium?

From 1 April 2017, local authorities are able to charge a premium of up to 100% of the standard rate of Council Tax on long-term empty homes and second homes.

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 introduced discretionary powers to local authorities to implement a premium on Council Tax for long term empty properties and properties, which are furnished but are not permanently occupied (more commonly referred to as second or holiday homes).

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

How much is the premium?

From 1 April 2019, the council charged a premium of:

  • 100% in addition to the full Council Tax charge, that is, 200% with regard to long term empty property
  • 35% in addition to the full Council Tax charge, that is, 135% with regard to a second home

From 1st April 2022, the council has charged a premium of:

  • 100% in addition to the full Council Tax charge, that is, 200% with regard to long term empty property
  • 50% in addition to the full Council Tax charge, that is, 150% with regards to a second home 

Exceptions

There are some exceptions to the premium that may apply:

  • 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.
  • Class 6: Seasonal homes where year-round occupation is prohibited.
  • Class 7: Job-related dwellings.

If you believe you are eligible for an exception listed above please contact us.

What if my property does not qualify for an exception?

The council does have schemes in place if your property remains a second home or long term empty property.

If you would like to work with the council to bring the property back into full-time use, we may be able to help you.


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