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Empty properties

Council Tax will be charged at the full rate on all long term empty properties.

In certain circumstances some dwellings will not be classed as being long term empty dwellings. The majority of these exemptions are determined by Central Government and Legislation.

Empty Property Council Tax Charges
Exempt ClassType of PropertyPeriod of ExemptionClass of property after prescribed period
A (Former)Property in need or undergoing major repairs12 monthsLong term empty
BUnoccupied, owned by a charity6 monthsLong term empty
C (Former)Empty and unfurnished for up to six months6 monthsLong term empty
DEmpty due to a person being in prisonIndefiniteNot applicable
EEmpty due to a person having gone to live in a care homeIndefiniteNot applicable
FCouncil tax payer deceased6 months from Grant of probateLong term empty
GOccupation prohibited by lawIndefiniteNot applicable
KDwelling left empty by a studentIndefiniteNot applicable
LUnoccupied dwelling where a mortgage is in possessionIndefiniteNot applicable
RCaravan pitches and boat mooringsIndefiniteNot applicable
WDependent relativeIndefiniteNot applicable
HUnoccupied dwelling held for a Minister of religionIndefiniteNot applicable
IPerson living elsewhere to receive personal careIndefiniteNot applicable
JDwelling left empty by a person providing personal careIndefiniteNot applicable
QDwelling left empty by a bankruptIndefiniteNot applicable


A Premium of 50% is charged for Empty Homes once a property has been empty for a period of two years and where the property is classed as a long term empty property.

The follow types of property are excluded from these provisions:

  • A dwelling which is the sole or main residence of a member of the armed forces who is absent due to service
  • An annexe treated as part of the main dwelling
  • Long Term Empty 6 - 24 Months 100% Charge applies
  • Long term Empty Premium over 24 months 150% Charge applies

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