Empty Homes Premium for unoccupied dwellings

There are currently around 250 homes in Bromley which are liable for council tax and are recorded as having been empty for 2 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.

Have your say

We are seeking your views on the introduction of Empty Homes Premium for unoccupied dwellings from April 2020. This is a sum that would be payable in addition to the council tax liability should the property be unoccupied. 

From April 2020, we are proposing to increase council tax by adding a 50 percent premium for any property left unoccupied and unfurnished for between 2 and 5 years, increasing to a 100 percent premium for any property unfurnished and unoccupied for more than 5 years.

Your answers will be anonymous and the responses will be reported to councillors as part of the decision making process.

The consultation is now closed.