Burnley Council is considering changing its policy on Council Tax discounts by introducing a specific discount for certain sorts of renovated properties.
A proposal to offer a 100% discount for up to six months, once renovation work is completed, on formerly uninhabitable empty houses that have been empty for over 12 months, will be decided by the council’s executive.
The aim is to provide an incentive to owners to improve the standard of the properties and bring them back into occupation.
Councillor Wajid Khan, executive member for resources and performance management, said: “Properties that have fallen into such disrepair that they are deemed uninhabitable, or that have been empty for 12 months or more, can attract anti-social behavior and be a blight on the surrounding community.
“By providing a this Council Tax discount we’re providing owners with an incentive to bring the property back up to standard and get it back into use which is good for the owner, good for those living there and good for the community.”
To be eligible for the new discount, the property must be in a specified state of disrepair, have been vacant for at least 12 months, be unfurnished and be undergoing renovation works that meet certain standards and be completed with the property occupied within six months of the work finishing.
Properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two months (or 12 months where they were uninhabitable) are generally liable to pay 100% Council Tax, rising to 150% after two years.
The executive will meet on 13th February.