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Council Tax - Empty And Unfurnished Properties

Properties that are empty and unfurnished may qualify for a Council Tax discount

From 1st April 2015 the following discount applies to unoccupied and unfurnished properties:

  • All dwellings that are unoccupied and unfurnished may receive a discount of 50% for a continuous period of up to 3 months. After the 3 month discount period has ended Council Tax will be charged at the full rate.

*Please Note: this discount applies to the property and not the liable person.

From 1st April 2015 the following additional levy  applies to 'long term' unoccupied properties:

  • All dwellings that have been empty long term (more than 2 years) will be charged an additional 50% premium.  This means Council Tax will be payable at the full rate plus an additional 50% charge.

Apply for a Council Tax Empty And Unfurnished Property Discount

Please be advised; failure to notify us of a change in your circumstances within 21 days, or applying for a discount or exemption you are not entitled to, will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Further Information  

For further information about this reduction please see pdf icon Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Technical Changes - April 2017 [1Mb].

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