Understanding Newport’s Council Tax Premium: What You Need to Know

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Understanding Newport’s Council Tax Premium: What You Need to Know

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In Newport, Wales, changes are coming to council tax for long-term empty properties and second homes. Here’s what you need to know:

What is a Council Tax Premium?
A council tax premium is an extra amount added to the standard council tax bill. Its goal is to:

Encourage the use of long-term empty homes for safe, secure, and affordable housing.
Support councils in providing more affordable housing and enhancing local communities.

Who Will Be Charged?
From April 2024, long-term empty properties will face a 100% council tax premium. Second homes will have the same premium from April 2025.


Long-term Empty Property: A dwelling that’s unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for at least one year.

Second Home: A dwelling that’s not someone’s primary residence and is substantially furnished. This includes properties used for short-term holiday lets subject to council tax.

More Information
Newport’s premiums adhere to sections 12a & 12b of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as inserted by Section 139 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

If you’re interested in bringing an empty property back into full-time use, Newport City Council’s empty homes team can provide advice and guidance.

Be prepared for changes in council tax if you own long-term empty properties or second homes in Newport. Understanding these premiums and their purpose is crucial. Stay informed and consider seeking guidance from the council’s empty homes team if you’re unsure about your property’s status.

By working together, we can help bring more homes into use and contribute to the well-being of our local communities in Newport.

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