Council Tax Long-Term Empty Premium Charge

Ashford Borough Council is doing a review on empty and unfurnished properties at the moment. If you have received a letter requesting further details please provide the required information via email.

An additional amount of council tax (a premium) is charged when a property has been empty for two years or more. From 1 April 2019, the premium is set at 100%.

This means that if you own a property which has been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will be charged an extra 100% council tax on top of the full amount for the property (a 200% council tax charge).

As this premium applies to the property, a change of ownership or tenancy will not affect the premium. If when you bought or leased your property it had already been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will still have to pay the 200% council tax charge. The additional charge can only be removed by bringing your property back into use.

If the premium affects you we will write to you and send you a new council tax bill.

There are two types of property that are not affected by the premium:

  • property which is left empty by a member of the armed services, who is away as a result of their service
  • part of a building which forms a single property, for example, an annexe.

If your bill shows a long-term empty premium and you think that your property is in one of these categories please contact us straight away.

Future premium charges

From 1st April 2019             

  • 100% premium for properties empty 2 years +

From 1st April 2020             

  • 100% premium for properties empty 2-5 years
  • 200% premium for properties empty 5 years +

From 1st April 2021             

  • 100% premium for properties empty 2-5 years
  • 200% premium for properties empty 5-10 years
  • 300% premium for properties empty 10 years +