Council tax set to double for second homes according to plans from Bristol City Council

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Council tax is set to double on second homes in Bristol under plans in the city council’s budget. Bristol City Council wants to take advantage of the Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill which is currently going through Parliament. It would give local authorities the power to add premiums of up to 100 per cent on council tax for homes that are substantially furnished but are not the owner’s main place of residence – commonly known as second homes – on top of the council tax that is already charged. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees’s budget also proposes to double council tax on properties empty and unfurnished after just one year – half the current time limit. The number of second homes is not currently monitored as they already incur normal council tax bills, but estimates suggest there are roughly 2,500, the report said.
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