The government has launched a £163 million fund to support community-led affordable housing. The scheme is being administered by Homes England (the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency) and bids are invited under a 'continuous market engagement' process that will continue until all the money has been allocated or December 2019, whichever comes first.
Crucially, the Prospectus makes it clear that the scheme is available for conversions and refurbishment:
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The provisional New Homes Bonus figures released towards the end of December 2017 show the number of long-term empties increasing, bringing to an end the series of year-on-year reductions that had lasted since the NHB was first introduced.
Empty Home Premium would become chargeable at 200% of Full Charge! So said Fiscal Phil Hammond. If you've been busy calculating the increased revenue your Council may earn next year, hold your horses. As the change will require a change to primary legislation, the 200% charge might not be lawful until 1st April 2019. So don't count on any extra revenue in 2018.
Are you confident that you actually know how NHB was calculated for 2016/17. I must admit, I am a little lost and therefore quite ashamed.
This allows downloads of the original pdf document posted with the 2016 Budget (updated November 2016), along with a link to a further web-page relating to a subsequent update.
The pdf document is probably the best source for understanding the SDLT surcharge.
This provides an overview but does not give the same level of detail as can be found in the original guidance - which seems to be mysteriously hard to find from the main web-pages but is accessible via our Information Library.
Cornwall Council offers a range of advice and assistance to help bring long-term empty properties back into use. Its Empty Property Loan scheme has loaned more than £2 million to directly enable over 100 residential units.