Empty properties: council tax
Council tax charges on properties that are unoccupied, unfurnished or undergoing major works
Properties that can be lived in
From 1 April 2017 empty properties that are unfurnished are no longer entitled to a discount, a 100% council tax charge is applicable.
Please inform us that a property is unoccupied and unfurnished.
Tell us about a change
If your property is no longer empty or is now ready to be lived in after major works, you need to let us know using our general enquiry form.
Properties that can't be lived in
If your property can't be lived in because of major works or structural alterations, you might be able to get a council tax discount for a maximum of 12 months. We call these properties 'uninhabitable'.
What we consider uninhabitable
Reasons that properties could be uninhabitable are:
- roof work that's needed on safety grounds
- removal of supporting walls or floor joists
- severe dry rot requiring extensive treatments or remedies
What we don't consider uninhabitable
Works which will not be able to get a discount:
- replacement kitchen or bathroom
- replacement windows
- general refurbishment
- re-wiring, re-plumbing, plastering
If the work has already been done, you need to give us evidence like:
- the schedule of works
- builder's invoices for the work carried out
- surveyor's reports
If you no longer qualify for a discount, you need to let us know.
Empty homes charge
Properties that have been empty for two years or more have a council tax charge of 150%.