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Empty properties

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

4. Long-term empty

If you are the owner of an empty property (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) and it has been empty for more than two years you will have to pay a council tax premium of 100%. Properties that have been empty for more than five years will have to pay a premium of 200% and from 1 April 2021 properties empty for more than ten years will have to pay a premium of 300%.

For example, if the basic council tax charge for your empty property is £2,500 and it has been empty more than ten years, the amount you will be liable to pay from 1 April 2021 will be £10,000 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 exceptions although we have discretion to reduce the amount a person is liable to pay depending on the circumstances of the case.

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