COVID-19 rapid testing (if you don’t have symptoms)

If you can’t work from home or you’re a key worker you can now book a rapid COVID-19 test if you don’t have symptoms.

 

Keep Southwark Safe

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

Where a property has been empty for two years or more, an extra 100% premium will apply from the 1 April 2019, so the amount payable will be 200% of the Council Tax charge.

Where a property has been empty for five years or more, an extra 200% premium will apply from the 1 April 2020, so the amount payable will be 300% of the Council Tax charge.

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: 10 March 2020

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