Empty Properties

Information on unoccupied and empty properties exemptions

A property is unoccupied when it is nobody's sole or main home (place of residence).

From 1st April 2017, a discount will no longer be applied if the property is empty or unfurnished.  Prior to this date, if a property was not anyone's main home, and was substantially unfurnished, then a one-month exempt period began.  

If you are entitled to a discount and it is applied before 1st April 2017, it will continue to be in place until someone moves into the property or the one-month exemption period ends, whichever is first.

If a property is empty for more than 24 months, 150% Council Tax is payable.

Temporary residents

If someone temporarily stays at a property, the Council Tax charge is not affected as long as their main home is elsewhere. Similarly, if you temporarily leave your home, such as, to go on an extended holiday or to work away, you will continue to be treated as living at your home address and liable for a Council Tax charge there.  

Changes to your exemption

Once an exemption has been granted you are required by law to tell us within 21 days if you are no longer entitled to the exemption, for example if someone moves into the property. You could receive a £70 penalty charge if you don't tell us.

An additional discount is available if your property is uninhabitable. 

Newly constructed properties, or properties created due to structural alterations

We will serve a notice stating the date from which we consider the property should be treated as substantially completed.  From 1st April 2017, Council Tax will become payable from the completion date.

Other Cases

There are other cases where unoccupied but not necessarily unfurnished properties may be exempt from Council Tax. These are properties which are:-