Properties in need of major repairs to make them habitable, or undergoing structural alteration, may be entitled to a 50% Council Tax discount for up to one year.

After the discount period has ended Council Tax will be charged at the full rate.

To qualify for a Council Tax Uninhabitable Property Discount

Structural alterations would have to be substantive such as a large extension. Minor items such as putting in a roof window or a porch would not be sufficient. We should be notified before work starts, as an inspection will be necessary.

Repairs must be both major and required to render the property habitable. The property must therefore be uninhabitable before work starts.  We consider major repairs to be substantial repairs to the main structure of the property, e.g. roofs, walls, foundations. Replacing a seriously defective roof would be sufficient  but repairing a few tiles will not be enough.  General refurbishment such as replacing old fashioned but still serviceable kitchen and bathrooms will not be enough.

Apply for a Council Tax Uninhabitable 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.

SECURITY NOTICE - How to safely answer SMS text messages we send

Basildon Council may send you a text message requesting further information to support your claim. The sender ID will always appear as BasildonCNL. You will never be asked to respond to the text with information.
Where possible we advise that all information is sent to us by using the following online form:

Online form: Council Tax Contact Us Form

Further Information  

For further information about this reduction please see Icon for pdf Basildon Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020/21 [842.48KB].