You will usually have to pay Council Tax on an empty home.
From 1 April 2019, if your property is empty and unfurnished, you may get a 50% discount for the first month. After this you then have to pay the full Council Tax charge.
If a property remains empty and unfurnished for two years or more, an additional premium becomes payable on top of the full Council Tax charge.
- From 1 April 2019 a 100% premium is payable where the property has been empty for more than two years.
- From 1 April 2020 a 200% premium is payable where the property has been empty for between five and 10 years.
- From 1 April 2021 a 300% premium is payable where the property has been empty for more than 10 years.
See full details on the Change to empty homes Council Tax discount - legal notice page.
When you won't have to pay Council Tax
You may not need to pay Council Tax if a property is empty because:
- the occupant is now in prison
- the occupant has moved to receive personal care in a hospital or a home
- the occupant has moved to provide personal care to another person
- you are waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted (and for up to six months after someone has died)
- it's the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
- it has been repossessed
- occupation is forbidden by law
- it will be occupied by a minister of religion
- students have moved to live near their college / university course
- it is part of a main property or there is a planning restriction that means it can't be rented out separately
- it is a pitch for a caravan or a mooring for a boat.
How to apply for a Council Tax discount on an empty home
Please fill in the form below.
Empty property notification form