Tax hike for Pendle houses left unoccupied

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Owners of empty homes could face a 50% Council Tax rise Owners of empty homes could face a 50% Council Tax rise

LANDLORDS in Pendle could be hit with a 50 per cent increase in council tax if their properties are left empty for more than two years.

Pendle Council’s executive committee will consider introducing the Empty Homes Premium at their meeting next Thursday.

If they vote in favour of the scheme it would mean an extra 50 per cent will be added to council tax bills on long-term empty properties from April 1 this year.

Dean Langton, head of central and regeneration services, explained that if the measure was introduced it could encourage owners to bring them back into use.

He said: “Although we’re making good progress to reduce the number of empty properties we have in Pendle, there are clusters which are causing problems and attracting anti-social behaviour.”

Currently there are 564 properties in Pendle which are classed as being unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years. Most of them are in Band A for council tax.

Julie Whittaker, economic and housing regeneration manager, said: “We’ve worked hard to tackle empty properties as part of our Empty Homes Plan and we’ve seen a significant reduction.

“Since the appointment of our Empty Homes Officer in 2009 there’s been a marked increase in the number of empty homes brought back into use, including more than 180 long-term empty properties between 2011 and 2013.

Coun Joe Cooney, leader of Pendle Council, said: “We provide a lot of help, financial and otherwise, to owners of empty properties to help them bring them back into use.

“But despite this we need to introduce a new measure which will be an added incentive for owners to do this.

“We want to avoid empty properties falling into disrepair and becoming a blight on their area.”

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11:32am Fri 17 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families!
Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 14

12:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

jim 2012 says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families!
so that just about covers the whole of pendle then
how about something like a compulsory purchase order
take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families![/p][/quote]so that just about covers the whole of pendle then how about something like a compulsory purchase order take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them jim 2012
  • Score: 13

12:36pm Fri 17 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

jim 2012 wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families!
so that just about covers the whole of pendle then
how about something like a compulsory purchase order
take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them
That'd be better!
[quote][p][bold]jim 2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families![/p][/quote]so that just about covers the whole of pendle then how about something like a compulsory purchase order take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them[/p][/quote]That'd be better! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 9

5:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

jim 2012 wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families!
so that just about covers the whole of pendle then
how about something like a compulsory purchase order
take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them
Don't be so loose with your comments. There are many decent folk in Pendle.
[quote][p][bold]jim 2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Landlords should vet and check who they take in;not take on drug using/drug dealing scum, benefit spenders, antisocial idiots and young chavs/teens and young families![/p][/quote]so that just about covers the whole of pendle then how about something like a compulsory purchase order take them back off these landlords and let them to people who need them[/p][/quote]Don't be so loose with your comments. There are many decent folk in Pendle. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Fri 17 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

About time two the excuse is we can't trace the owners there out the country well simple if your not living here , compulsory purchase it because 9 out of 10 cases council tax is not being paid ,, can't believe the councils letting these people get way with it ,, grow some balls council , and put the people ist not the people not living here ist ;)
About time two the excuse is we can't trace the owners there out the country well simple if your not living here , compulsory purchase it because 9 out of 10 cases council tax is not being paid ,, can't believe the councils letting these people get way with it ,, grow some balls council , and put the people ist not the people not living here ist ;) phil kernot
  • Score: 2

8:24pm Fri 17 Jan 14

leyton says...

about time this council got in line with the real world .Every one else pays council tax why not them.
about time this council got in line with the real world .Every one else pays council tax why not them. leyton
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Fri 17 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

the problem is they are mostly owned by Asians who don't live here never mind cant find them they will still have properties here and a charge should be put on them,failure to pay would mean the council has the right to confiscate these and either renovate or demolish.
the problem is they are mostly owned by Asians who don't live here never mind cant find them they will still have properties here and a charge should be put on them,failure to pay would mean the council has the right to confiscate these and either renovate or demolish. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 3

12:00am Sat 18 Jan 14

billy32 says...

Some people leave the houses empty waiting for the council to give grants and the owners then claim they have no income. If the council threatened to knock the houses down the owners would soon be in there doing them up.
Some people leave the houses empty waiting for the council to give grants and the owners then claim they have no income. If the council threatened to knock the houses down the owners would soon be in there doing them up. billy32
  • Score: 2

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