Hi the link below is the governments consultation on the exemptions of the premium:
1. Properties for sale and rent
2. serving members of the forces
3. Annexes treated as part of the main dwelling.
Our council tax team had a concern regarding the policing of this, when the same happened with the business rates nearly all owners of empty commercial premises avoided the charge as the put them up for sale, albeit refusing all offers made.
Does any other areas have any experiencing of ensuring properties are 'genuinely' for sale and rent?
DCLG has today published a consultation on the Government’s proposals on exceptions to the council tax Empty Homes Premium - dwellings which may otherwise be liable for the Premium, but which are subject to circumstances which mean that it would not be appropriate for it to apply. This is available on the Department’s website at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/emptyhomespremium
Responses are invited by 9 November 2012. For enquiries and responses please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can write to:
Council tax team
Department for Communities and Local Government