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Consultation on proposals to stop council tax discount for empty and unfurnished homes in Lewes district

Between 30 October and 31 December 2019 Lewes District Council invited comments from residents, landlords, private and council tenants and other stakeholders over proposals to stop providing a 100% council tax discount for the first month that a home is empty and unfurnished. This is known as a ‘Class C’ discount. The changes would take effect from 1 April 2020.

The benefits of proposing this change were states as:

  • property owners would be encouraged to bring empty homes back into use more quickly – the council can help owners find tenants if needed,
  • income from council tax would increase, 
  • the administration costs of processing these discounts would be reduced.
The consultation report is available to download below.


How we consulted

We published a page on the council website which included the proposals and rationale for these. We provided an online survey for respondents to structure their feedback and made the offer of providing paper copies of this on request. We also offered the consultation information in different languages and formats. We publicised the consultation through the local media, our social media channels, via the council’s website and by email to the council’s consultation mailing list.

Next steps

These findings will be included alongside a report making recommendations to Lewes District Council Full Council.