Council Tax exemption success for East Lindsey landlords

Director at Stevens Property in Louth, Charlotte Stevens and private landlord in Mablethorpe Paul Briggs celebrate the success of the Council Tax exemption period being set to be increased from one month to two from April 2016. EMN-150903-145547001
Director at Stevens Property in Louth, Charlotte Stevens and private landlord in Mablethorpe Paul Briggs celebrate the success of the Council Tax exemption period being set to be increased from one month to two from April 2016. EMN-150903-145547001

There’s good news for letting agents and private landlords in East Lindsey after councillors agreed to extend the council tax exemption period from one month to two.

Private Mablethorpe landlord Paul Briggs headed up the fight in November last year to get a longer period of time for landlords and letting agents in the East Lindsey to enable them to make a property ready for rental, without the added pressures of council tax costs, the exemption for which had been knocked down from 
six months to just one by East Lindsey District Council.

After a number of local letting agencies including those in Louth and Mablethorpe, alongside a band of private landlords, came together to oppose 
this decision, the district council finalised their budget on February 25, during that time they accepted 
the proposal to extend the period for ‘Vacant Property Relief’ from one to two months.

This will take affect from April 1, 2016.

A delighted Paul said:: “It’s great to have the longer period of time we were lobbying for accepted.

“It is a sensible decision the council have made and it is good for all landlords in the East Lindsey area.

“Getting two months makes it easier for us to bring a property up to standard and ready for the rental market, this is all we wanted.

“We now have the adequate amount of time that is needed.

Paul added: “A big thank you goes out to Councillor Anne Reynolds for all 
of her help and support on this matter as well as all the landlords and agents that helped out along the way, gathering all the petition letters.”