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Unoccupied and unfurnished discounts

You maybe entitled to a discount if your property is unoccupied and unfurnished.

Each of these discounts relates to the property. A previous owner or occupier's use of the property may affect how much discount you get and for how long. A discount may be applied with time limits.

What does unfurnished 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.

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 up to 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 up to a further 6 months. You will be liable for the full water and sewerage charges.

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.

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