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Long Term Unoccupied Properties

What is a long term unoccupied property and how much Council Tax is charged.

A long term empty property is one that has been unoccupied for a continuous period of 12 months or more and will be charged twice the full Council Tax charge for the band the property is in.

This affects Council Tax charges only, the amount you are charged for water and waste water will still be the same.

You may be entitled to a Council Tax discount if the property is:

  • Being actively marketed for sale or let. You will be entitled to a 50% discount for a maximum period of 24 months from the date the property was last occupied. You must provide evidence that the property is being actively marketed.
  • A purpose built holiday home. You will be entitled to a 50% discount.
  • A job related dwelling. You will be entitled to a 50% discount.
  • An uninhabitable property that you have purchased. You will be entitled to a 50% discount for a maximum period of 6 months.