Empty Chichester homes could get 100 per cent council tax premium

More than 3,000 homes in the Chichester district are classed as second homes – the ninth highest in England.
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The figures were discussed during a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday (February 6) where members recommended that owners of the empty homes be charged a 100 per cent council tax premium.

The charge was recommended for 2025/26 and applies to 3,181 homes – about 5 per cent of the district’s total housing.

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While around 300 of the homes are expected to be exempt from the charge, the premium will still raise an estimated £580,000 extra for the council’s coffers in 2025/26.

The premium will go before full council for approval  Image: PixabayThe premium will go before full council for approval  Image: Pixabay
The premium will go before full council for approval Image: Pixabay

There are already a number of reasons why an empty home cannot be charged a council tax premium – for example, the owner has moved into hospital or care.

The government aims to legislate to create a list of exceptions which should be provided to councils shortly.

The cabinet’s recommendations will be put to a meeting of the full council for on February 27.

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