Empty Property Premium

Section 11 B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by the Local Government Finance Act 2012 and Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018

At a meeting of the Council on 24th January 2019 and following a period of consultation in November 2018 the Council has decided to adopt changes to the Empty Homes Premium. With effect from 1 April 2019, if a property is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than 24 months, then an additional 100% charge will be imposed. This means that 200% Council Tax will become payable on the empty property.

For the period ending 31 March 2019, an additional 50% charge will be imposed which means that 150% Council Tax is payable.

Empty homes strategy in Sefton

If you require any advice or assistance in letting or selling your property please go to the Housing section to view the Council’s empty homes strategy and also a number of options that may be of assistance to you. 

If you have any enquiries regarding the above strategy or any of the options suggested please contact Sefton Council at the following address :- Housing Standards Team, Investment Programmes & Infrastructure Division, Built Environment Department, 4th Floor, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ or telephone 0345 140 0845.


Last Updated on 12 February 2019