Rating and Council Tax Bill: consideration of Lords amendments

16 October 2018

MPs debated Lords amendments to the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Consideration of Lords amendments: 16 October 2018

MPs debated one amendment from the House of Lords to the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill.

Debate was opened by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rishi Sunak, who spoke in favour of the Lords amendment. He stated that it "addresses the issue of long-term empty homes, doubling to 100% the council tax premium that local authorities can charge on homes that have been empty for two years or more."

The Lords amendment was agreed to without a division in the House of Commons, and the Commons waived their financial privilege over it.

The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill aims to:

  • Reverse the effects of the Woolway vs Mazars Supreme Court decision, relating to business rates for properties divided by communal areas.
  • Allow an increase in Council Tax for properties that have been empty for two or more years.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: previous Commons stages

Commons remaining stages (Report stage and Third Reading): 15 May 2018

No amendments were made to the Bill at Committee stage. The Third Reading was passed without a division. The Bill then passed to the Lords for further debate.

Committee stage: 1 May 2018

The Bill was considered in Public Bill Committee on the 1st of May 2018. The Committee then reported the Bill to the House without amendments.

Find out more about the Public Bill Committee:

Second Reading: 23 April 2018

Housing Minister Dominic Raab opened the debate, with shadow minister Jim McMahon responding on behalf of the Opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee.

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