Properties that are empty and unfurnished for a short period may qualify for a Council Tax discount. Dwellings that have been empty more than 2 years will be charged an additional premium.

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 2020 the following additional levies apply to 'long term' unoccupied properties:

  • All dwellings that have been empty long term (more than 2 years) will be charged an additional 100% premium.  This means Council Tax will be payable at the full rate plus an additional 100% charge.  
  • Properties that have been empty for more than 5 years will be charged an additional 200% premium.  This means Council Tax will be payable at the full rate plus an additional 200% 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.

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].