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Unoccupied property

Your property may receive a reduction from Council Tax for a limited period depending on its status.

The most common types of unoccupied property exemptions or discounts from Council Tax are:

  • unoccupied and unfurnished (to be considered unfurnished the property must be empty of all movable items. White goods, curtains, blinds, carpets and built in wardrobes are not considered to be removable items).
  • undergoing structural repair, improvement or reconstruction (the property must be unfit to be lived in due to structural work)
  • the person who last lived there is now in a hospital, nursing home or residential care
  • the property is left empty by people receiving care elsewhere
  • the liable person is providing personal care
  • is on agricultural land and the last time it was occupied, it was used in connection with that land
  • the person who last occupied it is now in prison
  • the last occupier is now deceased
  • the property has been repossessed
  • the property is owned by a charity
  • the property is unoccupied awaiting religious occupation
  • the property is prohibited by law
  • an unoccupied pitch or mooring
  • second home discount i.e. if you have moved to a property for work purposes a 50% discount can be awarded on the property you have left
  • the property is an annex i.e. granny flat
  • the property is the responsibility of a charity

To apply for any of these please contact us or follow the links to our online forms.

Please note that under schedule 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, a penalty of £70.00 may be added to your council tax account if you

  • knowingly supply information which is inaccurate
  • fail to advise within 21 days that you should no longer be entitled to a discount