Assessing the impact of Gwynedd Council's decision to increase the council tax premium on second homes

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Dear Gwynedd Council,

According to the Executive Summary provided to the full Council at the meeting on 04.03.21 there were 4,718 Class B properties (second homes paying the additional council tax premium) and a further 1,130 properties categorised as being long-term empty in Gwynedd.

Please respond to the following~:

1. Confirm how many Class B properties there are in Gwynedd as of January 2022 (or the nearest date you have figures for)?

2. Confirm how many properties are categorised as being long-term empty as of January 2022 (or the nearest date you have figures for)?

3. How many Class B properties and long-term empty properties have been re-designated as furnished holiday lets since 04.03.21?

4. How many applications (or notifications) has Gwynedd Council received from second home owners since 04.03.21 indicating they intend to have their properties categorised as furnished holiday lets?

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Ellis

Gwynedd Council

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Gwawr Owen

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Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

Thank you for your response. The statistical tables provided by the Welsh Government are a little confusing.

Can you therefore confirm that the number of second homes in Gwynedd subject to the 100% council tax premium have declined by over 20.6% between March 2021 (when the 100% premium was voted for by Gwynedd Council) and the financial year 22/23?

Can you also confirm that the number of second homes has reduced from 4,718 properties to 3,746 with 974 properties having been removed from the category of second homes to which the 100% council tax premium applies?

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Ellis

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth, Gwynedd Council

Dear Mr Ellis,

The data is available on the stats Wales website, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires us to disclose available data not to create additional information or to comment on it.

One point I would stress that 'second homes' is a colloquialism, the correct classification is 'furnished property where no one has their sole or main residence', the category covers a far wider class of property than 'second homes'.

Yours sincerely,
Gwawr Owen

-----Neges Wreiddiol/Original Message-----
Oddi wrth: Sarah Ellis <[FOI #825308 email]>
Anfonwyd: Dydd Llun, 31 Ionawr 2022 21:03
At: Rhyddid Gwybodaeth <[email address].cymru>
Pwnc: Re: Freedom of Information (ref 615)

Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

Thank you for your response. The statistical tables provided by the Welsh Government are a little confusing.

Can you therefore confirm that the number of second homes in Gwynedd subject to the 100% council tax premium have declined by over 20.6% between March 2021 (when the 100% premium was voted for by Gwynedd Council) and the financial year 22/23?

Can you also confirm that the number of second homes has reduced from 4,718 properties to 3,746 with 974 properties having been removed from the category of second homes to which the 100% council tax premium applies?

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Ellis

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Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

According to the Executive Summary provided to the full Council at the meeting on 04.03.21 there were 4,718 Class B properties (second homes paying the additional council tax premium) and a further 1,130 properties categorised as being long-term empty in Gwynedd. In light of your previous response, please confirm how the figure of 4,718 Class B properties was reached.

Does that figure represent second homes or 'furnished property where no one has their sole or main residence'? If the latter, please identify exactly what categories of property that description includes.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Ellis

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth, Gwynedd Council

Dear Mr Ellis,

Thank you for your email.

Our data is gathered and processed for Council Tax billing purposes in compliance with statutory requirements.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows interested parties to have access to existing data.
The data gathered is for Class B properties, 'furnished properties where no one has their sole or main residence' this category contains second homes, there is no way to segregate sub categories of property use within this Class.

Yours sincerely,

Gwawr Owen

-----Neges Wreiddiol/Original Message-----
Oddi wrth: Sarah Ellis <[FOI #825308 email]>
Anfonwyd: Dydd Llun, 14 Chwefror 2022 11:33
At: Rhyddid Gwybodaeth <[email address].cymru>
Pwnc: Re: ATB/RE: Freedom of Information (ref 615)

Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

According to the Executive Summary provided to the full Council at the meeting on 04.03.21 there were 4,718 Class B properties (second homes paying the additional council tax premium) and a further 1,130 properties categorised as being long-term empty in Gwynedd. In light of your previous response, please confirm how the figure of 4,718 Class B properties was reached.

Does that figure represent second homes or 'furnished property where no one has their sole or main residence'? If the latter, please identify exactly what categories of property that description includes.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Ellis

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