Second Homes: Council Tax

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 5th July 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the policy paper, Levelling Up and Regeneration: further information, published on 11 May 2022, how many local authorities have indicated to his Department that they would welcome the power to increase council tax liability by up to 100 per cent on second homes.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government has recognised the impact that large numbers of second homes can have on the sustainability and viability of local communities. The council tax premium on second homes will be discretionary, and it will be for local authorities to decide whether to apply such a premium.

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