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Council tax for empty properties

IMPORTANT NEWS!

We are currently undertaking an empty homes review in order to maximise any additional funding available through the new homes bonus initiative scheme.

If we have contacted you as part of this project and you wish to complete your details online, please click here to fill out the occupancy form.

If you need any help completing the form, please contact us on 0300 303 2076.

Council tax properties that are unoccupied and uninhabitable (known as a Class A exemption) have  a 25% discount for up to 12 months. For more information and to see what is meant by uninhabitable, please view our information sheet.

A property that is unoccupied and unfurnished (known as a Class C exemption),has a 100% discount for the first two months. If the property remains vacant after that, the full 100% charge is payable.

However, if your property is unoccupied because you have to live elsewhere in a property provided by your employer and as part of your contract of employment, then you may be granted a 50% discount in respect of the property that your employer has provided for you to live in. However, you will still have to pay the full 100% charge for the home you have had to leave unoccupied. 

Properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years are now subject to an additional premium of 50% of the council tax. This means that these properties are liable to pay 150% of the council tax.

Please be aware that these discounts are property specific and not liable party specific. If the previous liable party has already had the discount and then you become liable (by buying or renting the property for example), the discount does not start again.

To apply please complete the following form

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