Fareham Borough Council:
On 24 January 2013, following consultation, Fareham Borough Council has resolved to make changes to Council Tax discounts, effective from 1 April 2013.
These changes have been made in accordance with the following Legislation:
The Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992 as amended to delete Classes A & C of that Order.
The Local Government Finance Act 2012, to allow changes to certain Council Tax discounts.
Unoccupied & Unfurnished Properties:
Class A & Class C of the Exempt Dwellings Oder have been deleted and are replaced by the following local discounts:
A local discount of 100% is introduced to replicate the current "Class A" exemption for properties requiring or undergoing major repairs or structural alterations, limited to a maximum of 12 months.
A local discount of 100% is introduced to replicate the current "Class C" exemption for properties which are vacant and unfurnished, limited to a maximum of 6 months.
Unoccupied & Unfurnished Properties in excess of 2 years.
A local Empty Property premium be introduced, equivalent to 50% of (and in addition to) the standard council tax liability for a property which has been vacant and unfurnished for at least 2 years.
That the 10% second homes discount is removed, effective from 1st April 2013 (a second home is defined as a furnished property which is not a person's some or main residence)
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