Owners of Second Homes in Kent to Face Doubling of Council Tax Bills: Presence & Co. Offers Solution

As newly announced regulations sweep across Kent, homeowners with second residences are bracing for an unprecedented increase in council tax. Every council in Kent will implement rules doubling council tax bills for those who own secondary properties. This significant change aims to address the issue of empty homes and generate additional revenue for local councils.

A second home, under these regulations, is defined as a furnished property that is not the owner’s primary residence or rented out. While many individuals own a second property for various reasons, including as a holiday home or investment, these residences often sit empty for the majority of the year. Despite paying council tax on their primary residence, owners have previously avoided additional charges on their secondary homes.

Kent’s councils estimate that the implementation of these new rates for second homes and empty properties combined will result in an annual revenue boost of approximately £3.77 million. According to BBC News, Thanet District Council, for example, anticipates an increase of £540,800 per year from the new rates on second homes alone. 

In light of these changes, Sophie Meyer, Head of Sales & Lettings at Presence & Co., offers a practical solution to mitigate the impact of increased council tax bills. By engaging in short-term letting through Presence & Co., property owners can avoid the doubling of council tax on their second residences. Meyer emphasises the importance of exploring this option not only to alleviate financial burdens but also contribute to the local community.

Sophie Meyer commented on the situation, saying, “At Presence & Co., we understand the challenges faced by property owners in light of these new regulations. Our tailored solutions for short-term letting provide a win-win scenario, allowing homeowners to maximise the utility of their second properties whilst making an additional income off the asset, helping to cover the council tax burdens. We invite all affected individuals to engage in a conversation with us to explore how we can assist them in navigating this changing landscape.”

For property owners seeking to minimise the impact of increased council tax on their secondary residences, Presence & Co. offers comprehensive assistance in short-term letting arrangements. To learn more about their services and schedule a consultation, please contact Presence & Co. at www.presence.uk

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