Ceredigion County Council has determined that in respect of properties that fall under section 12A and 12B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 a premium of 25% will be charged in respect of both.

Section 12A applies in respect of long term empty properties. A dwelling is a long-term empty dwelling if it has been both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for a period of at least one year.

Section 12B applies in respect of properties that are substantially furnished and there is no resident.

The following properties are exempted from the Premium;

  • for a maximum period of one year properties that are on the market for sale or let
  • annexes that are being used as part of the main residence or dwelling
  • dwellings that would be a person’s sole or main residence but which is unoccupied because the person resides in armed forces accommodation
  • pitches occupied by caravans and moorings occupied by boats
  • dwellings where the occupation is restricted by a planning condition preventing occupancy for a continuous period of at least 28 days in a year
  • dwellings that are occupied periodically when the usual resident is residing in job-related accommodation

The Council actively seeks to encourage owners to bring empty dwellings back into full time use and we are able to assist you in the following ways:

  • financial assistance by way of loan (interest free) to renovate the dwelling
  • assistance in identifying works required to make sure the property is habitable
  • advice on how best to organise any works needed to the property
  • help to find tenants for the property including availability of leasing or management schemes
  • help to arrange the sale of the dwelling
  • letter to support reduced rate of VAT for works carried out (For properties empty over 2 years, this is reduced to 5%)

If you wish to contact the Empty Property Officer to discuss further how you can return your property back to full time use, please contact Sarah Williams, Community Wellbeing Service on 01545 574136 or via email at sarah.lwilliams@ceredigion.gov.uk