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Reviewing long term empty properties

Bradford Council is working with public service specialists Northgate Public Services to review long term empty residential properties in the district.

This is to make sure that owners are paying the correct amounts of Council Tax, as well as working towards bringing empty properties back in to use.

In August and September 2016, Northgate Public Services will be writing to the owners of empty properties in the district on behalf of Bradford Council.

The letters will ask owners to confirm their details as well as to let them know about the extra Council Tax charges we apply to long term empty properties.

I have a question about the letter I've received - who do I contact?

You need to call Northgate Public Services, on 01274 989166. This line is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5pm 

Who are Northgate Public Services?

Northgate Public Services is a well-known, reputable company who specialise in the provision of Revenues and Benefits software, and dealing with Revenues and Benefits processing work for many Local Authorities throughout Great Britain.

They employ a large number of highly experienced staff to carry out this work and have successfully conducted property discount reviews for a number of Local Authorities

How can Northgate Public Services Public Services undertake this review for us?

This is done in accordance with the Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Tax Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) Order 1996 – SI1996/1880, Section 12 – Ascertaining entitlement to discounts.

Is my personal data safe?

All personal data is processed securely and in compliance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and is used under s29 (1)(a) – the prevention and detection of crime and s29 (1)(c) - the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition of a similar nature, Data Protection Act 1998.

Northgate Public Services do not hold on to the data for any longer than is legally required. All data, be it paper or electronic, is shredded to destroy it. We are not compiling a database that could be shared and accessed by other bodies and sources.

I own an empty property – is there any help available to bring it back in to use?

Yes - for more information about empty properties and what help is available to bring them back in to use, please see the empty homes area of our website.