North Tyneside Council introducing new charge on empty properties
A new charge is to be introduced to help bring long-term empty properties in North Tyneside back into use as affordable housing.
North Tyneside Council has agreed to bring in a council tax premium for homes that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for two years or more.
There are currently 460 empty properties in the borough – 305 of which have been empty for two to five years, 104 for between five and 10 years, and 51 for more than 10 years.
Most of the long-term empty properties are in the lowest council tax band and often in more deprived areas of the borough.
The Government has given councils powers to charge a council tax premium to encourage property owners to bring long-term empty properties back into use by providing a financial disincentive.
Coun Ray Glindon, cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “We already do a lot of work to try and tackle empty homes and the introduction of council tax premiums will support this.
“The new premium will also prove beneficial in our efforts to tackle homelessness and help those struggling to find somewhere to live by encouraging owners of long-term empty properties to bring them back into use.”
It means that from April, a 100 per cent council tax premium will be charged for properties that have been empty for more than two years and a 200 per cent premium on properties which have been empty for five years or more.
And, from April 2021 a 300 per cent premium will be placed on properties empty for ten years or more.