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    From the 1st April 2017, Councils in Wales have the discretion to charge up to a 100% Council Tax premium on long term empty properties and second homes. The introduction of a premium is designed to encourage owners to bring these properties back into full use to address local housing needs, support the increase of affordable housing for purchase or let and enhance the appearance of local communities.

    Flintshire County Council has now made a decision to introduce a 50% council tax premium, effective from 1st April 2017, for properties designated as second homes or long term empty. This means that you may be liable, in the future, to pay council tax for this property at the standard rate plus an additional premium charge of 50%. There are some exceptions to the premium that may apply from 1st April 2017, these are listed below along with an application form if you feel you are eligible for an exception to the premium.

    Exceptions for Long-term Empty homes and Second homes

    Class 1 – Dwellings being marketed for sale – exception available for a maximum of 12 months.


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      Class 2 - Dwellings being marketed to let – exception available for a maximum of 12 months.

      Class 3 - Annexes forming part of, or being treated as part of, the main dwelling.

      Class 4 - Dwellings which would be someone’s sole or main residence if they were not residing in armed forces accommodation.


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        Exceptions for Second Homes

        Class 5 - Occupied caravan pitches and boat moorings

        Class 6 - Seasonal homes where year-round occupation is prohibited

        Class 7 - Job-related dwellings