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Empty And Unfurnished Properties - Council Tax Discount/Exemption

You may be entitled to a council tax discount if your property is empty for a short time. However, properties left empty for more than two years will be charged an additional premium.

What discount is available?

If properties are empty and unfurnished for up to three months

For up to three months, any property left unoccupied and unfurnished will receive a 50% council tax discount. After three months, full rates will apply.

If properties are empty and unfurnished for long-term periods

From April 1 2021, additional premiums apply to properties left unoccupied for over two tears, as follows:

  • If empty for over two years - full council tax rates will be payable plus an additional 100% charge
  • If empty for over five years - full council tax rates will be payable plus an additional 200% charge
  • If empty for over ten years - full council tax rates will be payable plus an additional 300% charge

Apply for a Council Tax Empty And Unfurnished Property Discount

Are you using e-Services yet?

The easiest way to apply for a disability reduction is via e-Services, a free online portal to help you manage your council tax account. Use your secure online account to upload supporting evidence and track your application for an empty property discount as it progresses.

 Login or register for e-Services with your phone/computer here

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.