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.

Discounts if empty

Please be aware that the following 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.

  • Properties that are unoccupied and uninhabitable (previously known as a Class A exemption) may qualify for a 25% discount for up to 12 months, provided that haven’t already been empty for over two years. What is meant by uninhabitable?
  • A property that is unoccupied and unfurnished (previously 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.
  • 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. 

Increases for long-term empty properties

  • Properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for between 2 and 5 years (classed as long term empty) are subject to an additional premium of 100% of the Council Tax, meaning that the charge is double a standard Council Tax.
  • Properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than 5 years are now subject to an additional premium of 200% of the Council Tax, meaning that the charge is three times a standard Council Tax. Please see our Council Tax Empty Homes Premium Policy in the downloads section of this page for exceptions to the Premium charge.
  • Please download our Council Tax Empty Homes Premium Policy for exceptions to the Premium charges.

Local discount scheme for renovated empty properties

Burnley Council has a local Council Tax discount for certain sorts of renovated properties.

The discount offers 100% discount for up to six months, once renovation work is completed, on formerly uninhabitable empty houses that have been empty for over 12 months. The aim is to provide an incentive to owners to improve the standard of the properties and bring them back into occupation.

To be eligible for the new discount, the property must be in a specified state of disrepair, have been vacant for at least 12 months, be unfurnished and be undergoing renovation works that meet certain standards and be completed with the property occupied within six months of the work finishing.

Download the policy for further details.

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