Apparently legislation changed last year giving local authorities ability to decide whether a house, not inhabited, could still demand full council tax and offer no discounted rate or easement (for 6 months whilst prepared to be moved into etc, sell old house etc)
My LA has decided to take the offer of screwing such folk, so an inhabitable house, without a bathroom, let along being lived, in is liable for full CT, whilst I pay CT at my rented house that I actually live in. (You can get it removed from the VOA list of CT liable properties, but it's basically got to be derelict/structurally unsound, and let's face it, it's a few months to make habitable from a bathroom, bedroom perspective, so what's the point whilst the ball gets rolling to get VOA to remove?)
According to the nice chap at the office, there are a fair few landlords mildly displeased.
The conspiracy in me makes me think this is a lovely way of getting extra revenue from a target audience (those with multiple properties, landlords etc) that would gather no public sympathy. Slippery trick.
Nice, cheers Leeds CC.