Councillors have once again backed the introduction of a ‘second homes tax’ in Folkestone & Hythe.
Under new legislation passed by central government, local authorities will be able to charge those who own properties that are only “occupied periodically” extra.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council backed introducing the 100% council tax premium last February but reaffirmed the decision last night (24 January) following delays in the bill receiving Royal Assent.
Cabinet members also agreed a council tax premium on properties left empty for more than a year. These will come into effect on 1 April 2024.
Subject to the outcome of a government consultation, the ‘second homes tax’ will come into effect from 1 April 2025.
Those affected by the change – currently estimated to be just under 1,100 – will be notified before that date.
A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “By introducing a premium, it is expected owners of those properties not in constant use may be encouraged to be brought back into use for local residents.”