Published July 19, 2016 at 9:54
The Council is about to begin its annual initiative to check that all properties currently classified as empty or unoccupied have been correctly categorised. This will include a review of current new builds which are close to completion. There are various classes of empty property which can attract discounts or exemptions and the Council runs a yearly exercise to ensure records are up to date.
As part of the exercise the Council will:
- Issue a series of mail shots to owners of unoccupied properties
- Undertake physical inspections of properties
- Cross check data based on addresses to asses occupancy
Philp Seddon (Council’s Head of Finance & property Services) stated:
“It is essential that the Council’s Council Tax data is as up-to-date and robust as possible in order to maximise Council Tax receipts and Government grants”.
Any home occupier or owner who thinks their property has been wrongly categorised should contact 01706 217777. Any home occupier or owner who thinks their property is in the wrong council tax band should contact the Valuation Office Agency on 03000 501501.