A property that is empty (unoccupied and unfurnished) can get a 100 per cent discount on Council Tax for up to three months.
However, this is a property discount and not a person discount.
This means that if the previous owner has used the empty property discount, then you will not be able to claim it.
If the previous owner did not receive the discount for the full three months, then you may be able to apply for the remainder.
For example, if the previous owner used only two of the three months you may be able to receive the discount for the third month.
Long term empty properties
Some types of empty property may be exempt from paying council tax. However, if your property is empty for more than two years, and is not exempt, we will start charging an extra 50 per cent Council Tax.
This premium is applied to discourage owners from keeping properties empty when there is such high demand for housing.
Please note that if you are taking on a new property that is already subject to this premium charge then you will have to pay the additional 50 per cent Council Tax if you intend to keep the property empty upon purchasing it.
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