In Wiltshire there are currently 1,675 homes that have been empty for more than six months. While that may sound relatively high, the figure only represents 0.74% of all residential dwellings in Wiltshire and many of those homes will be empty for reasons such as being subject to probate, undergoing refurbishment, owner currently in hospital/care home, or the owner simply does not wish to sell the property. However, if you have concerns over the impact an empty property is having in your neighbourhood please refer to the relevant webpages for further details of the council's responsibilities.
- Pest control
- Untidy land (planning enforcement)
- Conservation areas and historic environment
- Control of dangerous structures
- Parking and Transport
- Economic development
With effect from 1 October 2016, a property that has been empty for two years or more on 1 October 2016 will be subject to an additional 50% levy on top of their normal council tax liability. From October 2016 the levy will be charged on the second anniversary of the property becoming empty.
For further information please view the council tax discounts page.