Harrow Council charges a 100% premium on long-term empty dwellings. These are homes that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for at least two years. The two year period starts from the date the property first became empty. It does not restart if there is a change of owner. There is no right of appeal to this.
The premium is in addition to the usual council tax charge.
The charge was agreed by Council Members and is to support bringing properties back into use. For help to bring empty properties back into use and to carry out repairs see the empty properties page.
The premium is due to increase for properties that have been empty for five and ten years. The below table shows the changes:
|Long term empty property criteria giving rise to additional Council Tax premiums||From 1/4/2019 Financial Year||From 1/4/2020 Financial Year||From 1/4/2021 Financial Year|
|Properties which have remained empty for at least 2 Years||100%||100%||100%|
|Properties which have remained empty for less than 5 Years||n/a||100%||100%|
|Properties which have remained empty for between 5 and 10 years||n/a||200%||200%|
|Properties which have remained empty for at least 10 Years||n/a||n/a||300%|