Council Tax Empty Homes Consultation

Have your Say

Proposed changes to Council Tax on homes that have been left empty for at least 2 years. Please complete the survey or send it back to us by 3rd December 2018.


The Council is proposing to increase the Council Tax premium charged to properties that have been empty and largely unfurnished for more than two years from 50 per cent to 100 per cent with effect from 1 April 2019.

There are about 645 homes in Sefton that have been empty for two years or more (excluding those that are exempt from Council Tax, for example where the owner has gone to live elsewhere to receive care, or provide care to someone else, or it has been left empty due to service in the Armed Forces, or where the owner has died and probate is yet to be granted).

The proposed increase in the empty homes premium is intended to incentivise owners of long term empty domestic properties to bring them back into use and to increase the amount of Council Tax income raised from those that continue to leave their properties empty.

As well as charging the empty homes premium, there are other Council initiatives to help bring empty homes back into use, this includes offering advice to owners through sending regular letters, our property accreditation scheme also helps Empty Owners find tenants for their property.  

Sefton Council will always try to encourage and work with owners to bring properties back into use however in some cases enforcement action is required when the property is causing a statutory nuisance and the owner is uncooperative or untraceable. Owners of long term empty can seek advice for dealing with them from the Councils Housing Standards Team by e-mailing  

We would like to know what you think about the proposal to double the Council Tax empty homes premium in Sefton from 1st April 2019, as well as your views on other potential changes that could be made in the future.

How to share your views

The consultation is open until 3rd December 2018. You can respond to the consultation by

Post: Council Tax Survey PO Box 21 Bootle,  Merseyside, L20 3US
Visit: Bootle One Stop Shop, 324 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3ET (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Visit: Southport One Stop Shop, Cambridge Arcade, Southport (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Council Tax Empty Homes Consultation (pdf 325KB)

Having Problems with the survey?

If you need help to complete the survey or do not understand what the survey is about and want to talk to someone about it please call our contact centre on 0345 140 0845 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, closed weekends and Bank Holidays) or email us at:

How your views will be used?

The results of this consultation will be reported to the Council Members at a Cabinet meeting in January 2019 and will help to inform the Council’s approach to the empty homes premium from 1st April 2019. The Cabinet recommendation will be considered by full Council at a meeting in January 2019.

Last Updated on 31 October 2018