Long term empty properties
If you are responsible for council tax at a domestic property which has been empty and unfurnished for longer than two years you will be charged an additional rate on top of the standard amount you are required to pay for that property:
- from 1 April 2019 – 100 per cent additional council tax on properties which are empty for two or more years
- from 1 April 2020 – 200 per cent additional council tax on properties which are empty for five or more years
- from 1 April 2021 – 300 per cent additional council tax on properties which are empty for ten or more years.
The additional charge will be shown on your council tax bill.
There are however certain exemptions to this premium being applied. These include premises owned by members of the armed forces; annexes; and, properties that are genuinely on the market for sale or let.
Please note that we may use any information you provide to identify vacant properties and take steps to encourage them back into use – for more information please see Schedule 2 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.