Empty property charges as of 1st April 2023
From April 1st 2023, all empty and unfurnished properties will no longer receive a 100 per cent discount to their council tax charge for a period of one month. Residents who are currently in receipt of this discount will not receive it from 31 of March 2023 – regardless of when the discount was applied. Council tax will be charged at the full rate for any empty and unfurnished periods.
There will no longer be a 50 per cent reduction in council tax liability for properties that are undergoing renovations that render them uninhabitable. Residents who are currently in receipt of this discount, will end 31 of March 2023, regardless of when the discount was applied. Council tax will be charged at the full rate for any period the property is unoccupied.
Long Term Empty Premiums
Properties that have been empty for between 2 to 5 years will be subject to a 100% premium on top of the council tax charge. This will affect dwellings which are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.
For properties that remain empty between 5 and 10 years the premium will rise to 200 per cent, with a 300 per cent premium being applied to any property that has been empty for 10 years or more.
Council Tax Discounts
There are a number of discounts that may be available for Council Tax, details of which can be found below.
If you are currently in receipt of a discount and your circumstances change, you must notify the Council Tax department within 21 days of the change. If you fail to tell us about the change, you may be liable for a penalty.
If you are on a low income you may be able to get Council Tax Reduction. Even if you have any of the discounts below, you can still apply for Council Tax Reduction
There are various discounts that can reduce the Council Tax you have to pay and are separate from Council Tax Benefit/Support.
The Council Tax charge is based on two or more adults living in the property. If only one adult lives in a property as their main home, there is a reduction of one quarter (25%). For substantially unfurnished second or long term empty homes and properties that are furnished second homes there is no discount.
If you don’t live alone you could still claim a discount if the other adults are not counted for council tax when we calculate the bill, we would call this a “disregard discount”. Further information on disregard discount categories can be found below.
If you think you should be entitled to a discount you can complete our online single person discount form .
If your bill indicates that a discount has been allowed, you must tell the Council of any change in circumstances which affects your entitlement.
A student is a person (of any age) enrolled in a full-time course of further education at a prescribed educational establishment or a person under the age of 20 enrolled in certain qualifying courses defined in Council Tax regulations. A full-time course must last for at least a year and require minimum periods of study.
A student nurse is a person following a course leading to registration under the Nurses, Midwives, and Health Visitors Act 1979.
An apprentice is someone, regardless of age, employed for the purpose of learning a trade or profession, who is paid less than £195 per week and is undertaking a training programme leading to an accredited qualification.
A YT trainee is a person aged under 25 who is undertaking an approved training scheme recognised by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWS) .
Providing care through a connection with a local authority or a charity for at least 24 hours per week for pay of £44 a week or less and living at or near where the care is provided.