Council Tax for empty properties

If you own an empty home, you still have to pay Council Tax.

Our Council Tax Empty Homes Policy explains how we apply the empty homes premium.

If your property is unoccupied and unfurnished, you are entitled to a 28 day 100% discount. This discount is on the property itself, and can only be claimed once, even if there is a change in ownership.

  • You do not have to fill a form in to apply for this discount. The discount is applied when you notify us that a property has been left empty and unfurnished

If you have a property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 5 years, you have to pay a premium of 200% of the Council Tax. This applies even if there have been changes in ownership during those 5 years. This premium is automatically applied after the 5 years has passed, and a new bill is issued.

The empty homes premium is applied to encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into use. There are things we can do to help you bring an empty property back into use