LETTINGS NEWS: NLA calls for council tax exemptions on empty property


The National Landlords Association is contacting all councils across the UK in a bid to agree council tax exemptions for landlords whose properties become empty between tenancies. Currently, council tax policies for such properties vary from district to district.

Councils will soon be drafting their budget proposals for the next financial year and the NLA is keen to negotiate exemptions for landlords now. NLA Chair Carolyn Uphill explained, “We often hear that more should be done to improve the standard of private rented property, yet councils still insist on making landlords liable for council tax between tenancies which is simply another business cost that the landlord is faced with. The NLA believe that councils must play their part by allowing a reasonable exemption period of council tax. This would demonstrate they are serious about encouraging better standards in the sector and mean landlords won’t rush to re-let their properties without first ensuring they are up to scratch.”

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