Leaving a property empty for long periods of time can result in vandalism, as well as deteriorating both its condition and value.  These issues can have a negative impact on the area.

Long term empty properties can also cost the owner money. 

From April 2020, when the property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years, a premium of 100% will also be charged. This means that you will be charged 200%.

Once a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for five years then the premium will increase to 200%. This means that you will be charged 300%.

You can find more information on long term empty Council tax charges on the charges for unoccupied and unfurnished properties page.

To help bring empty properties back into use we have a wide range of schemes to assist owners:

  • offering an interest free loan of up to £20,000, (subject to approval) to refurbish the property for rental purposes
  • using our matchmaker scheme to ‘match’ empty homes for sale with buyers