Thousands of Empty Homes in Pembrokeshire



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If you were asked to guess how many empty homes there are in Pembrokeshire, what would you say?

A few hundred? Maybe a few thousand?

Shockingly, the answer is that out of more than just 64,000, it is nearly 9,000 empty homes.

The figures come from the last census taken in March 2021 and show that empty homes are up from 12.5 per cent to 13.8 per cent since the previous census in 2011. That is higher than the Welsh national average which rose to 8.2 per cent from 6 per cent.

It is possible that because the 2021 census was taken during the pandemic the resulting figures were particularly high.

Since 2019, property owners who have left their premises empty for three years have been charged a premium in addition to their council tax; this is increased incrementally, starting at 25 per cent. It rises to 50 per cent for houses that have been empty for four years; and owners can expect a 100 per cent increase where the place has been empty for five years or more.

New local tax rules agreed by the Welsh Government allow local authorities to collect council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties at up to 300 per cent.

Pembrokeshire currently requires 100 per cent council tax premium for second homes, and further consultations this year may see higher levels in 2024/25.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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