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Council Tax Long-Term Empty Premium Charge

An additional amount of council tax (a premium) is charged when a property has been empty for one year or more. As of 1 April 2024, the premium is set at 100%.

This means you will be charged an additional 100% on your council tax for any properties you own that have been empty and unfurnished for one year or more.  

This premium applies to the property. A change of ownership or tenancy will not affect the premium.  

If you buy a property that has been empty and unfurnished for one or more years you will still have to pay 200% council tax. The premium will be removed if the property becomes furnished and someone moves in. 

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

Premium charges

From 1 April 2024 the following premiums apply:

  • 100% premium for properties empty 1-5 years
  • 200% premium for properties empty 5-10 years
  • 300% premium for properties empty 10 years +

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;
  • only part of a building which forms a single property is empty, for example, an annexe.

From the 1st April 2025, there will be exceptions to the premium charges. View Empty Homes & Second Homes Premium Policy 2024-2025 [pdf] 235KB. 

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

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