Properties exempt from council tax

Empty properties

You do not have to pay council tax for a property that is empty, for the first six months. After six months you will have to pay, even if the property is still empty. If the property is still empty after two years we will increase the bill by 50 per cent. This means that the council tax will be 150 per cent of the normal charge.

An empty property means that no-one lives in it and no furniture or anything else is kept there. This means that this exemption will not normally apply if the property is empty because you are working away from home, for example.

The empty property exemption will apply for a maximum of six months even if the property is sold to someone else.

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