Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Empty/unoccupied property review

We're carrying out a review of all empty homes to maintain accurate Council Tax records. This is required by law and in support of the government’s initiative to tackle the housing shortage.

As part of the empty/unoccupied property review, you must tell us if the property is occupied or not as someone’s main residence. 

For Council Tax purposes, a property is empty if it is:

  • unfurnished; and 
  • unoccupied

An unoccupied property (or second home) is: 

  • furnished; and
  • not used as anyone’s main residence

If it’s not used as anyone’s main residence, then for Council Tax purposes, we still have to record it as either:

  • empty
  • unoccupied; or 
  • a second home

This is regardless of any regular or casual use. 

If we don't receive a response, we'll inspect the property.

If you have received a SMS, email or letter telling you that your empty/unoccupied property is being reviewed, please complete the short online form to tell us if your property is still empty/unoccupied, or if it is now occupied as someone’s main residence. This will take no longer than five minutes.

It will ask you to register your details first to complete the form.

Complete the empty/unoccupied property review form

Data privacy statement

We process your personal data to provide you with statutory services. We may share information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, law enforcement agencies, or undertake local anti-fraud initiatives, to prevent and detect fraud or money laundering.

If you provide false or inaccurate information and fraud is identified, we may pass details to fraud prevention agencies to prevent more fraud and money laundering.

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We'll process your personal information under the relevant data protection legislation. We may share your data without your consent, where it’s lawful to do so.

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Page last updated: 20 September 2023

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