Council Tax reductions for unoccupied properties
In most circumstances, you must pay Council Tax even when a property is unoccupied.
If someone else is helping you sort out your Council Tax, you can give us permission to talk to them by signing our authority to disclose form (PDF, 151KB)
We currently charge a 100% Empty Home premium on properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for between 2 and 5 years. The Council Tax payer has to pay 200% of the Council Tax charge.
If a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for a period of at least 5 years, but less than 10 years, it will be subject to a 200% premium. The Council Tax payer will have to pay 300% of the Council Tax charge.
Properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for at least 10 years will be subject to a 300% premium effective from 1 April 2021. The Council Taxpayer will have to pay 400% of the Council Tax charge.
Should you purchase a property that is already empty, you should check with the council the date the property first became empty and unfurnished to work out when a premium would start.
If you are paying the Empty Homes Premium for a property and also doing major work that means no-one can live in the property, we can remove the premium for up to 12 months. To apply for the reduction, download the major repairs (Class D) reduction form (PDF, 326KB)
Unoccupied property reductions
There are some situations where we can give a Council Tax reduction. Reductions can be up to 100%. Apply for a reduction if you think you qualify and then keep paying until we confirm the reduction. Don't just stop paying.
What happens after you apply for a Council Tax reduction
We'll get back to you to tell you whether or not you can get a reduction. This can take up to 20 working days. It might take longer if we have to visit the property or need more information.
You must let us know straight away if anything you've told us changes.
Reductions will show on your bill as being for the whole year even when they are only for a fixed time period. We will send you a new bill when the reduction is coming to an end. If you think you should keep getting the reduction, you will need to apply again.
For more information, you can contact the Council Tax team
Find out more about Council Tax discounts and charges for unoccupied and unfurnished properties.
You can ask us to backdate a reduction. We might ask for further information from you to help us decide how far we can backdate the reduction. We don't normally backdate for more than 6 years from the date the claim is received.
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