Council tax on empty properties

If you have a property which is empty you may still have to pay the full Council Tax charge. This will apply whether the property is furnished or unfurnished. You may be entitled to an exemption.

If you are not exempt under any of these conditions, you may also be exempt from the Empty Homes premium.

You are required to pay the premium if your property has been empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more unless your property:

  • is left empty by a member of the armed services, who is away from the property as a result of their service
  • Forms part of a single property, for example, an annexe.

If your bill shows a long-term empty premium and you think that your property is in one of these categories please complete a Council tax enquiry straight away.