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Empty homes

Empty homes

Empty home exemptions

If your home is empty and unfurnished you won't have to pay Council Tax if:  

  • You're permanently receiving or providing care - go to the discounts for carers and people in care web page
  • Someone has died - tell us if someone has died
  • Someone has gone to prison or has been detained 
  • You're awaiting occupation by a minister of religion 
  • Your property is owned by a charity
  • Your property has been repossessed 
  • You become bankrupt 
  • There are annexes with planning restrictions 
  • There are unused caravan pitches or moorings

To apply email  ctax@wokingham.gov.uk.

50 percent second home reduction

You might be able to get a 50 percent discount on these types of second home:

  • Caravans
  • Boats
  • Homes provided by an employer

Email  ctax@wokingham.gov.uk to see if you're eligible.

Empty homes premium

If your property has been empty and unfurnished for more than two years, you have to pay an additional 100 percent in Council Tax while it is empty. This charge is known as the council tax empty homes premium charge.

What this means in practice is you will pay double the Council Tax charge on the home.

This is to help reduce the number of long term empty properties in the Borough and get them back into use for local people. 

Exemptions include: 

  • Homes owned by members of the armed forces
  • Annexes and properties that are genuinely on the market for sale or let

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