A public consultation is underway on proposals for a local authority to increase the council tax premium for second homes - including holiday homes to let - to 50 per cent.
Anglesey Council raised its premium on second homes to 35 per cent in 2019 and now it wants to increase this to 50 per cent from April next year.
Anglesey Council says it uses £350,000 each year from the premium, and has so far helped more than 90 local residents, who did not own a property, to buy their first home.
With more than 2,000 properties on the island still currently unoccupied during parts of the year, the council says it now wants to gather extra funding from the premium to help more local residents get on the housing ladder.
Council finance portfolio holder Robin Williams says: “Through this consultation process, we’ll be seeking the views of Anglesey residents, owners of second homes on the Island and operators of self-catering accommodation, on our intention to increase the premium to 50 per cent from April 2022.
“The existing premium charge on second homes has already helped us support Anglesey residents to secure their first homes and live in their local communities. Raising the premium would allow us to give more of our young people that extra support needed to get on the housing ladder, which is currently so difficult because of high property prices.”
The consultation is open to Anglesey residents, owners of second homes on the island and operators of self-catering accommodation.
The online consultation can be found here: www.anglesey.gov.uk/second-homes-consultation and closes on August 6.
Welsh local authorities were given powers to introduce an extra charge on dwellings occupied periodically – second homes or long term empty properties - back in 2017.
At present 10 local authorities in Wales apply the second home premium, which ranges from 25 to 100 per cent.
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