Council will charge higher tax rates on empty properties
OWNERS of empty homes are a step closer to having to pay full council tax on their properties.
The cabinet at Derby City Council has agreed it wants to get rid of the discounts applied to empty homes which mean owners only have to pay 90% of their council tax.
And for those homes that have been unoccupied for more than two years, owners will actually be charged more than the full rate.
They will face 150% council tax charges instead of 90%.
Councillor Sarah Russell, cabinet member for finance, said the changes would generate £1 million during 2013-14 and would affect nearly 3,000 homes.
She said: "At the moment there are 7,000 people on the waiting list, which is absolutely unsustainable going forward.
"We need to be doing what we are doing to get those numbers down.
"But, at the same time, we have got hundreds of empty homes.
"These properties that stand empty for long periods become dilapidated and they are a cause for numerous complaints from residents."