On Monday April 1, local authorities were given the discretion to charge full Council Tax on empty properties, which is likely to bring added burdens to landlords.
The Government has introduced several changes to Council Tax as part of Welfare Reform. The changes will reduce or remove many exemptions and discounts on council tax, including those on furnished and unfurnished properties for rent.
The changes are as follows:
Different councils can choose to implement the changes in different ways. Cardiff Council has not announced the details of how they will implement them – we will update with this information when we have it.
Many of the Government’s Welfare Reforms have proved controversial, with critics attacking the so-called “Bedroom Tax”. In Cardiff, about 200 people demonstrated against the changes to the benefits system on Saturday. The Government argues the changes make the system fairer.