Charnwood

Tackling empties in Charnwood

Always good to see the value Empty Homes Officers recognised.

And always interesting to see how misunderstandings of New Homes Bonus abound, with the author here claiming that most of the NHB goes to the county council. In fact 80% is retained by the district as explained in our detailed briefing on New Homes Bonus (Full Members only - you'll need to be logged in).

Charnwood looking at CPOs - and what 1 month's council tax exemption is worth

In addition to exploring the use of CPOs, this news article reports that if Charnwood removed their current one-month exemption for unfurnished empties they would take in up to £250,000 extra. Unfortunately, as a two-tier district they would only retain 8% of that amount. And the processing costs of all the extra payments have not been factored in.

But still £250k - that represents quite a lot of empty homes work if Councils wanted to address their empty homes issues in ways additional to just piling on the tax.

News summary week ending 2010-09-26

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