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Second homes and long-term unoccupied homes

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

Please treat this email as a Freedom of Information request.

I would like the following information.

With regards to second homes:

1. How many homes in the council area are second homes?

2. Of these, how many receive a discount to their council tax? Please break these figures down by council ward.

3. Additionally, how many second home owners are subject to a reduced rate of council tax discount? Please break these figures down by council ward.

4. I understand that the council is required to spend any additional income raised by reducing the rate of council tax discount on second homes locally, or via Registered Social Landlords. How much additional income was raised through reducing the council tax discount rate for second homes in the last 24 months and what was this additional income spent on?

With regards to empty homes:

5. How many homes in the council area are empty?

6. How many empty homes in the council area currently receive a council tax discount? Please break this figures down by ward.

7. Additionally, how many empty home owners are subject to a reduced rate of council tax discount, or are subject to an increase in council tax? Please break these figures down by council ward.

8. What is the total additional income raised by the council by reducing the rate of council tax discount on empty homes, or increasing it in the last 24 months? What was this additional income spent on?

I would prefer not to receive the requested information in pdf format files. I would prefer to receive it in MS Excel format files.

I look forwards to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-18-0738.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 08
May 2018.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 06 June 2018.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Salomeh Kheyri Rad
Information Compliance Officer

Information Compliance Team | Customer Feedback | Customer Experience

Aberdeen City Council,  Business Hub 17, 3rd Floor North, Marischal
College,

Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Thank you for your information request of 8 May 2018.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

With regards to second homes:

 

1. How many homes in the council area are second homes?

As at 22.5.18 there are 881 second homes.

 

2. Of these, how many receive a discount to their council tax? Please
break these figures down by council ward.

As at 22 May 18 there are 15 second homes who receive a discount on
Council Tax.

 

Council wards for second homes

1 - Bridge of Don

2 - George St/Harbour

1 - Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

2 - Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill

2 - Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

1 - Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill

1 - Lower Deeside

1 - Midstocket/Rosemount

1 - Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

3 - Torry/Ferryhill

               

3. Additionally, how many second home owners are subject to a reduced rate
of council tax discount? Please break these figures down by council ward.

866 second homes do not receive a discount for being a second home

 

Council wards for second homes

41 - Bridge of Don

95 - Midstocket/Rosemount

20 - Northfield/Mastrick North

23 - Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

154 - Torry/Ferryhill

52 - Lower Deeside

19 - Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill

72 - Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee

53 - Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill

108 - George St/Harbour

36 - Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

77 - Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

116 - Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

 

4. I understand that the council is required to spend any additional
income raised by reducing the rate of council tax discount on second homes
locally, or via Registered Social Landlords. How much additional income
was raised through reducing the council tax discount rate for second homes
in the last 24 months and what was this additional income spent on?

As at 31 March 2018, additional income raised from reducing Second
Homes/Long Term Empty Property from 50% to 10%

 

2016/17:               1,999 (£ thousands)

2017/18:               1,531 (£ thousands)

 

As at 31 March 2018, additional income collected from reducing Second
Homes/Long Term Empty Property from 50% to 10%

 

2016/17:               1,920 (£ thousands)

2017/18:               1,398 (£ thousands)

 

The additional income is set aside to be spent on affordable housing
schemes as these are developed throughout the city.

 

With regards to empty homes:

5. How many homes in the council area are empty?

There are 4,993 homes currently empty.

 

6. How many empty homes in the council area currently receive a council
tax discount? Please break this figures down by ward.

As at 17 May 2018 there are 1943 properties currently in recent of an
empty discount.

 

Council wards

60 - Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill

89 - Northfield/Mastrick North

193 - Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

153 - Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee

115 - Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill

64 - Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

74 - Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

107 - Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

87 - Lower Deeside

339 - Torry/Ferryhill

251 - Midstocket/Rosemount

369 - George St/Harbour

42 - Bridge of Don

 

7. Additionally, how many empty home owners are subject to a reduced rate
of council tax discount, or are subject to an increase in council tax?
Please break these figures down by council ward.

As at 17 May 2018, there are 1878 properties entitled to a reduced
discount due to being a long term empty property, i.e. empty for over 6
months.

 

Council Wards:

57 - Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill

88 - Northfield/Mastrick North

180 - Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

147 - Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee

115 - Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill

64 - Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

74 - Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

101 - Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

86 - Lower Deeside

319 - Torry/Ferryhill

245 - Midstocket/Rosemount

361 - George St/Harbour

41 - Bridge of Don

 

As at 17 May 2018, there are 1003 properties with an increase applied due
to being a long term empty property, i.e. empty for over 12 months.

 

Council Wards:

21 - Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill

64 - Northfield/Mastrick North

113 - Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

73 - Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee

67 - Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill

32 - Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

42 - Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

79 - Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone

33 - Lower Deeside

140 - Torry/Ferryhill

103 - Midstocket/Rosemount

196 - George St/Harbour

40 - Bridge of Don

 

8. What is the total additional income raised by the council by reducing
the rate of council tax discount on empty homes, or increasing it in the
last 24 months? What was this additional income spent on?

As at 31 March 2018, additional income from reducing discount for long
term empty properties below 10% or applying an increase. 

 

2016/17                533 (£ thousands)

2017/18                845 (£ thousands)

 

The additional income was not spent on a specific Council Service it
contributed to the overall funding of ACC.  Details for council spending
is available at:

 

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We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

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