Empty properties and second home discounts

From 1 April 2016, we no longer offer discounts for empty homes. If you have a second home you might be entitled to a Council Tax discount. This will depend on what the property is used for.

If your property is empty

From 1 April 2016 there are no longer any discounts available for empty and unfurnished properties. The full charge is payable for empty properties unless they are exempt.

Long term empty properties – Empty Home Premium

From the 1st April 2019 we’ll charge an additional 100% on top of the full Council Tax charge if your property is empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more. This means that you'll have to pay 200% Council Tax.

There are some cases where empty properties are exempt.

If it’s your second home

If your property is furnished and used as a second home or is between lets, you won't be entitled to a discount unless it's job related accommodation.

If it’s job related accommodation

If you have to live in a second property for your job and your main home is elsewhere, you may be able to claim a 50% discount on the property.

Apply for a Council Tax discount for a job related property

We’ll need:

  • evidence that you pay Council Tax elsewhere
  • evidence that you're required to live in the property for your job (eg contract of employment)

Page last updated: 07 March 2019