Empty properties

1. Overview

Council tax charges on properties that are unoccupied or uninhabitable.

Furnished properties

There is usually no discount for a furnished unoccupied property. However, there are some circumstances where empty properties can be eligible for a discount or an exemption.

Unfurnished properties

You won’t have to pay council tax if a property is unoccupied and unfurnished for seven days or less.

If the property is empty for more than seven days there is usually no discount. This means that full council tax is payable from the date it became empty. However, there are some circumstances where empty properties can be eligible for a discount or an exemption.

Long-term empty properties

You will pay an extra 50% if your property has been unoccupied and unfurnished for two years or more. The two year period starts from when the property first became empty and unfurnished, which means if you have recently bought a property which has been empty for a long time, you might have to pay the additional 50%. This is known as the “long-term empty premium”.

If you have an empty property and you would like advice about how to bring it back into use, contact the empty property team.

Properties that are uninhabitable

If you think your property is uninhabitable, contact the Valuation Office Agency. They will decide if the property can be classed as uninhabitable and whether any council tax needs to be paid.

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