Long term empty properties

Council Tax charges for long term empty properties

With effect from 1 April 2013 the Government changed legislation to allow us to vary the amount of Council Tax charged on a property after it had been empty for more than 12 months. The main aim of these changes is to encourage the owners of these properties to bring them back into use to help tackle housing shortages.

From 1st April 2016 if you own a property which has been empty for 12 months or more, the Council tax will increase to 200%, unless the property qualifies for any exemptions.

A discount may still apply if the property is actively being marketed for sale or rent for up to 24 months after the last occupation date.

If you purchase a property which has already been empty for 12 months you may be required to pay the premium as soon as you take ownership.

To apply, download the Long Term Empty Property Discount application form below.

If you deliberately give false information or fail to report a discount has been awarded incorrectly you may have to pay a fine of £500.

Get information on bringing properties back into use.

Download Long Term Empty Property Discount Application Form