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Including grants announced for businesses affected by the Omicron variant

Reduce your Council Tax

Empty and Exempt Properties

Exemptions, Discounts and Premiums for empty and occupied properties

Apply for an empty property discount 

 

Discount (Class C) for a property that is unoccupied and unfurnished

Empty unfurnished properties and empty caravans are entitled to a 100% discount for up to one month. This also applies to newly built properties for up to one month after they are completed as long as no-one lives there and they remain unfurnished.

 

Discount Application for Empty and Unfurnished Property

 

Long Term Empty Premium

If a property has remained empty and unfurnished for a period in excess of 2 years the following premium charges will become applicable:

 

  • From 1st April 2019 - Properties empty for 2 year or more       - 100% premium

  • From 1st April 2020 - Properties empty for 2 years  to 5 years - 100% premium

                                        Properties empty for 5 years or more      -  200% premium

  • From 1st April 2021 - Properties empty for 2 years to 5 years -  100% premium

                                         Properties empty for 5 years to 10 years -  200% premium

                                         Properties empty for 10 years or more    -  300% premium

 

Please note that if your circumstances change you must tell us within 21 days.  Failure to do so may result in you being issued with a £70 Penalty.

 

Exemptions from Council Tax - no charge to pay

Exemptions from Council Tax apply in the following circumstances:-

Icon for pdf Unoccupied and owned by a charity [44.13KB]

Icon for pdf Empty due to person being in prison [83.44KB]

Icon for pdf Empty due to person having gone to live in a care home [43.96KB]

Icon for pdf Empty due to person having gone to live in a hospital [84.75KB]

Icon for pdf Council tax payer has died leaving the property empty [83.76KB]

Icon for pdf Occupation is prohibited by law [44.74KB]

Icon for pdf Empty property held for a minister of religion [38.58KB]

Icon for pdf Person living elsewhere to receive personal care [88.85KB]

Icon for pdf Person living elsewhere to provide personal care [37.72KB]

Icon for pdf Property left empty by a student [42.03KB]

Icon for pdf Mortgage lender in possession of property [84.19KB]

Icon for pdf Students halls of residence [44.38KB]

Icon for pdf Property occupied only by students [40.27KB]

Icon for pdf Forces accommodation [38.31KB]

Icon for pdf Visiting forces accommodation [38.78KB]

Icon for pdf Property left empty by a bankrupt person [83.86KB]

Icon for pdf Unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring [38.58KB]

Icon for pdf Property occupied only by persons under 18 years of age [36.97KB]

Icon for pdf Property occupied only by severely mentally impaired person(s) [182.13KB]

Icon for pdf Main residence of a person with diplomatic privilege or immunity [39.23KB]

Icon for pdf Occupied granny annexe to an occupied property [42.79KB]

 

 

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