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Empty Properties

Empty/unoccupied properties

The Council charges the full Council Tax for properties that are unoccupied (this includes empty properties and properties that are furnished but are not anyone's main home). 

There is no reduction in the Council Tax for properties that have recently become unoccupied or for properties that are in need of or undergoing repairs. This includes repairs that are considered necessary to make the property habitable.

An extra 50% is also charged for a property that has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years or more. 

Second homes

The full Council Tax is charged for a second home (that is any property that is furnished but is not anyone's main home). Where a person is required to have two homes as a condition of their job they may be entitled to 50% discount. If you are eligible for the discount download the application to apply (PDF).