Furnished, unfurnished or uninhabitable
You might be able to get a reduction on your Council Tax bill if the property is empty. The amount you get will depend on the state of the property and how long the property has been empty.
Unoccupied and unfurnished
This exemption means you won't have to pay any Council Tax for up to three months.
After three months, the full amount of Council Tax will be charged. If you become liable for a property that has already been empty for more than three months you won’t be able to claim a further three month reduction.
If a property remains unoccupied and unfurnished for two or more years, you’ll be charged an additional 50% (so if your yearly Council Tax is £1,000 it will increase to £1,500).
Unoccupied and furnished
If your property is unoccupied but furnished you can claim a 10% discount until the property is occupied or the furniture is removed.
Unoccupied and uninhabitable
If your property is unoccupied and requires major repair work to make it liveable or if it’s being structurally altered, you won’t have to pay Council Tax for up to 12 months.
We’ll visit the property to see if it meets the criteria for a discount.