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Unoccupied properties

If you have moved out of a property and left it unoccupied (furnished or unfurnished) full Council Tax will still be payable.

Properties in disrepair

If you have an unoccupied and substantially unfurnished property which requires major repair work or structural alteration full Council Tax will still be payable.

Since April 2019, there have been changes to council tax payments for empty properties. Please view the table below for charges which are payable in addition to your normal full council tax bill.

Time property has been empty Additional charge from April 2019 Additional charge from April 2020 Additional charge from April 2021
Empty between 2 and 5 years 100% 100% 100%
Empty between 5 and 10 years 100% 200% 200%
Empty over 10 years 100% 200% 300%

We offer a wide range of assistance to owners of suitable empty properties to help bring them back into use. Please contact the Private Sector Housing team using the details below for advice. For all other queries, please contact the Council Tax team whose details are also below.

If the property is in a derelict condition it is possible that the Valuation Office may remove it from the Valuation List meaning Council Tax is no longer payable.

A property is only considered derelict if it:

  • is not possible to live in it, for example because it’s been damaged by weather, rot or vandalism
  • would need major structural works to make it ‘wind and watertight’ again

Please visit the Valuation Office website for further details or call the Listing Officer using the contact details below. 

Please use this online form to
  • tell us about a change to the occupants in your household

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