The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in the Lords on Tuesday 19 June.
Members discussed the impact of charging higher amounts for long-term empty dwellings, the definition of a long-term empty dwelling and the treatment of multiple inherited properties as one for the purposes of non-domestic rating.
Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
Lords second reading: Monday 4 June
Members discussed a number of subjects covered by the bill, including the practices of the Valuation Office Agency, national housing shortages and support for councils in the efficient use of existing housing stock.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will respond on behalf of the government.
Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.
Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill summary
This bill aims to:
- retrospectively reinstate particular features of business rates valuation practice in relation to contiguous properties
- allow local authorities to charge up to a 100 per cent council tax premium for ‘long-term empty dwellings’.