Rating and Council Tax Bill: Commons remaining stages

15 May 2018

MPs debated the Report Stage and Third Reading of the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Commons remaining stages (Report stage and Third Reading)

No amendments were made to the Bill at Committee stage. The Third Reading of the was passed without a division. The Bill now progresses to the Lords.

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 has published a briefing paper for Second Reading.

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

Second Reading

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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