Collaborative engagement between the Empty Homes Officer and the Council Tax team resulted in the two agendas converging. The teams worked closely on the development of the council tax charging policy through to its implementation. This included cleansing data and identifying owners of long term empty properties, providing owners with advice on council tax policy and the assistance available to help bring homes back into use.
We have taken a strategic approach to tackling the long term empty properties in our area. The penalty of an extra council tax charge combined with the incentive of grants, loans, bespoke information and advice and a dedicated staff resource has meant that it has been possible to provide a blend of solutions for empty home owners.