Hi, I currently receive weekly reports from council tax with all properties that have an empty and unfurnished discount applied. From April 1st the City of York Council is abolishing the 50% empty property discount. This will obviously impact on the information I receive and the accuracy of it
I am planning to meet with the CT staff so that they are all aware of the impact the changes will have on empty property figures/work. I have already spoken with them and they are creating a "code" to highlight properties that they are told are empty. My queries are:
- How do other authorities that have abolished the discount record the information?
- Have the number of reported empty properties increased/decreased because of any change?
- What impact has any change had on NHB figures?
Also is there anything blatently obvious that I am missing or can do when the changes kick in?