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Empty properties

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

4. Long-term empty

If you are the owner of an empty property (for example, it is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) and the property has been empty for more than two years, you will have to pay a council tax premium of 100%. From 1 April 2020, properties that have been empty for more than five years will now have to pay a premium of 200%.

For example, if the basic council tax charge for the empty property is £2,500 and your property has been empty more than five years, the amount you will be liable to pay from 1 April 2020 will be £7,500 until the property is brought back into occupation.

Properties classed as annexes and those that are owned by members of the armed forces who are living in job-related accommodation do not have to pay the premium. There are currently no other exemptions available but we have discretion to reduce the amount a person is liable to pay depending on the circumstances of the case.

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