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Unoccupied and unfurnished/furnished property discounts

You may be entitled to a discount if your property is unoccupied and unfurnished/furnished.

These discounts relate to the property and a previous owner or occupier's use of the property may affect how much discount you get and for how long.

What does furnished mean?

A property will be classed as furnished if there is any single piece of removable furniture present in the property apart from those items listed below:

  • carpets
  • curtains or blinds
  • items that are built into the property such as some cookers, gas fires and fitted wardrobes or cupboards
  • white goods such as fridge, freezer, dishwasher.

Unoccupied and Unfurnished

If the property is unoccupied and unfurnished, a 100% exemption may be awarded against your Council Tax, water and sewerage charges. The exemption is for a maximum period of 6 months from the date all furniture was removed from the property. A newly built property will also qualify if it is unoccupied since the date it was first entered on the Council Tax valuation list. 

After this, you may get a 50% Council Tax discount for a maximum period of a further 6 months. You will be liable for the full water service charges during this period.

Please note that after this period the property will be classed as long term unoccupied and will be charged twice the Council Tax for the band the property is in unless the property is being actively marketed for sale or rent.

Unoccupied but Furnished

If the property is unoccupied but furnished a 50% discount may be awarded against your Council Tax charge for a maximum period of 12 months. You will be liable for the full water service charges during this period.

Please note that after this period the property will be classed as long term unoccupied and will be charged twice the Council Tax for the band the property is in unless the property is being actively marketed for sale or rent.

Actively marketed property

If the property is being actively marketed for sale or let, a further 50% discount may be awarded against your Council Tax for a maximum period 24 months from the date the property was last occupied. You will be liable for the full water service charges during this period.

If you think you may be entitled to a discount please complete our unoccupied/uninhabitable online form.