Council tax rises for landlords, second homes & holiday homes

Affordable housing is in serious short supply in the Scottish Borders. Individuals, companies & trusts that own more than one property in Scotland are in a privildged position & maybe responsible for significantly raising house prices & reducing the availability of housing stock. Significant council tax rises (eg. 2-5 times more) for these property owners is justifiable in my opinion, especially for owners of more than 2 properties.

 

Why the contribution is important

Affordable housing in the Scottish Borders is in serious short supply. Property ownership should be limited per individual.

by SuperMoon on November 29, 2017 at 06:13PM

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  • Posted by LoveTheBorders November 29, 2017 at 22:53

    I agree - although some areas have a lot of empty property this should be prioritised and should be taxed first to discourage property and land sitting empty.
  • Posted by dickturpin December 11, 2017 at 15:32

    There are already Council Tax premiums paid by people with second properties which, in my opinion , are currently levied unfairly.
    For example, someone who has had to move to a more suitable home due to health reasons and is unable to sell their house, is charged a premium of 100% rising to 200% after the first year because of the slow housing market. This is grossly unfair!

    Also landlords do not pay Council Tax on their let property, Tenants pay this.
    However , if Landlords have an empty property due to the fact that tenants are thin on the ground , they are then also subject to these unfair and excessive Council Tax premiums.

    An empty property should be assessed for Council Tax on an individual basis and NOT on this blanket , catch all method!
  • Posted by Borders123 December 15, 2017 at 09:14

    As someone who found themselves stuck with a property that they could not sell (5 years and counting!) I ended up in a position where I was paying 100% council tax on my own home and potentially 200% on this other property, basically paying council tax 3 times. I am not rich, I only moved house because the original one was too small for my family and this amount of council tax could have made me lose everything.

    I was forced to become a landlord despite not wanting to become one and having no experience in this area, just so that I didn't end up homeless. I therefore agree with dickturpin above, you have to look at rates on an individual basis - my situation is very different from someone who, for example, lives elsewhere and has a second home in the Borders they visit for only a few weeks a year.
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