Empty properties and Council Tax

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.  You will need to pay all the Council Tax due thereafter.

If your home has been empty for over two years, we will charge 100% extra Council Tax.

Find out more at: Change to empty homes Council Tax discount - legal notice

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

You can also contact us to discuss your options:

Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 04/03/2019 16:42

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