There are currently around 350 homes in Bromley which are liable for council tax and are recorded as having been empty for two years or longer. Long-term empty properties are a wasted resource.

For their owners, they are not earning any income and may be depreciating in value due to deterioration. For the local community, these properties can be an eyesore and a nuisance as they often attract vandalism and fly-tipping and, if homes are neglected, the value of surrounding properties tends to be reduced as a result of the neighbourhood not being perceived as a good place to live.

In many areas where there is a high demand for housing, empty homes brought back into use could become an important source of homes for households who need them. This could be either affordable homes, such as social rented housing, or market housing, such as homes for private rent or sale.

Consultation

We are asked for your views whether the Empty Homes Premium for unoccupied dwellings should increase from 1 April 2023. This is a sum that would be payable in addition to the council tax liability should the property be unoccupied.

The consultation on the scheme closed on 4 January 2023, thank you to all who responded. The responses to the consultation will be reported to the councillors as part of the decision making process. Your name and address will only be used to validate that you are a Bromley resident and will not be used in the report to the councillors.