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Council tax change proposed in Burnley
1:21pm Wednesday 4th December 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS in Burnley are being asked to make changes to the system of council tax reductions relating to empty properties.
At the moment the owner of a house which becomes empty and is ‘substantially’ unfurnished can apply for a 50 per cent reduction in its council tax bill for up to six months. The executive committee is being asked to amend the policy so that for the first month after a house falls empty, the owner will pay no council tax, followed by a 50 per cent reduction for five months.
Coun Mark Townsend, executive member for resources and performance management, said: “The current system sometimes leads to a lot of paperwork to deal with council tax bills that can often amount to less than £50. It doesn’t make financial sense.
“A month seems a reasonable amount of time for landlords to carry out any work needed to make properties suitable for the next tenant. The continuation of a 50 per cent reduction beyond that encourages them to ensure their properties are re-let.”
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