From 1 April 2017 no discounts are available and 100% charge applies for:
- Unoccupied and unfurnished properties
- Properties undergoing major repairs or structural alterations
- Second homes
This decision was made in line with Local Government Finance Act 1992 to maximise resources to provide key services within our borough.
Certain dwellings, including caravans and boats, provided by an employer (tied accommodation) may be eligible for the second home reduction of 50 percent for a limited period of time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you qualify.
Empty homes premium
Up to 31 March 2019 we charge a 50 percent additional premium on long-term empty properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for 2 years or more.
This will change from the 1 April 2019 increasing from 50 percent to 100 percent additional premium on those homes that have been empty and unfurnished for a period of 2 years or more.
We have made this decision in line with many other authorities under the Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018.
This decision was made to reduce the number of long term empty properties in the Borough and get them back into use for local people.
There are exemptions to this additional 100 percent premium charge being applied including:
- Premises owned by members of the armed forces
- Annexes and properties that are genuinely on the market for sale or let