Council Tax Empty Property Discounts
A discount of 50% is applicable for the first six months in which a property is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished. Entitlement to the discount begins on the date the property first becomes unoccupied and unfurnished and in order for a new period of discount to be granted there must be a minimum period of occupation of six weeks.
A discount of 100% may be granted where a property is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished and :
- It needs or is undergoing major repair works to make it habitable; or
- It is undergoing a structural alteration; or
- It has undergone major repair works to make it habitable and less than six months have elapsed since the date when the works were completed.
The 100% discount can only apply for a maximum period of one year; after which time the full council tax will become payable.
When a new property enters the valuation list for the first time then providing that it remains continually empty and unfurnished it will receive a 100% discount for the first three months, a 50% discount will be applied for the next three month period and after this time the full council tax will be payable.