Empty homes

Empty homes

Homes left unoccupied and unfurnished for less than a month

A discount of 100% is allowed for the first month after a property becomes both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished (no council tax is due). The discount runs with the property so if it changes hands within the first month, the new liable person can claim the balance of the original discount period.

After this period the full charge is payable unless you are also the council tax payer at another UK address, where you/your spouse are required to live by your employer. In this case you may be able to claim a discount. We may need to inspect the property and/or require further information to reduce your bill.

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Homes left empty and unfurnished for more than 2 years

Where a property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than two years and is not otherwise exempt, a premium of 50% of the bill will be added. This means your council tax will be 150% of the basic charge. However if you are a member of the armed forces in job related accommodation or for annexes used as part of the main home, you may not have to pay the premium.

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