Council Tax for empty properties and second homes
If you are responsible for an empty property, in most cases, your Council Tax will be reduced.
Contact us if you believe any of the circumstances listed below apply to you.
If you are moving address and leaving your previous property empty, please complete the change of address form below, so we can register you for Council Tax at your new address:
Properties left empty when someone has died
Properties left empty after someone has died are exempt from Council Tax until probate is granted, providing the property was last occupied by the deceased person. The exemption can continue for up to six months after probate is granted providing the property has not been sold, let, or someone else moves in.
Empty due to people responsible for Council Tax being elsewhere
These properties are exempt from the Council Tax so long as the circumstances remain the same;
- properties left empty by patients in hospital or care homes.
- properties left empty by prisoners.
- properties left empty by people receiving care.
- properties left empty by people providing care.
- repossessed properties.
Empty, unfurnished and uninhabitable due to renovation
A 50% discount is available for up to 12 months, as long as the property remains empty, unfurnished and uninhabitable.
Empty and unfurnished properties
If none of the circumstances listed above apply, and the property is empty and unfurnished then the following discounts are available:
- 100% discount for one month, followed by;
- 25% discount for up to 2 years
If the property remains empty and unfurnished for more than two years an empty property premium of 200% of the Council Tax will be charged. This increased from 150% from the 1 April 2019.
If you buy or rent a property that is empty and unfurnished then the previous owner or landlord will already have been granted a discount. You will only be eligible for the balance of the empty property discount unused by the previous owner. For example if you buy a property that has been empty and unoccupied for 18 months then you will only be eligible for 6 months discount before the empty property premium is charged.
Empty and furnished properties
A 25% discount is available for empty and furnished properties. This includes second homes, holiday homes and furnished let properties between tenants.
If a second home is needed because of a your job we may be able to consider a 50% discount. Contact us for more information.