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.