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 2019 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 100% premium.  This means Council Tax will be payable at the full rate plus an additional 100% 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:

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. We advise that all information is sent over using our Council Tax Contact Us Form  where possible.

Further Information  

For further information about this reduction please see Icon for pdf Basildon Council - Council Tax Reduction Scheme - April 2019 [701.95KB].