You may pay less Council Tax for a property you own or rent that’s not your main home.
Councils can give furnished second homes or holiday homes a discount of between 0% to 50%. It’s up to your council to decide how much you get.
You’ll have to pay Council Tax on an empty and unfurnished home, but you may qualify for a discount. It’s up to your council to decide whether you get a discount and how much you get.
If the owner of a house has died, Council Tax isn’t charged for up to 6 months after probate is granted (your legal right to sell the home).
Some homes don’t get a Council Tax bill for as long as they stay empty. They include homes:
- of someone in prison (except for not paying a fine or Council Tax)
- of someone who’s moved into a care home or hospital
- that have been repossessed
- that cannot be lived in by law
- that are empty because they’ve been compulsory purchased and will be demolished
You may get a discount if your home is undergoing major repair work or structural changes (eg your walls are being rebuilt).
Properties empty for 2 years or more
Your Council can charge up to extra 50% Council Tax if your home has been empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more (unless it’s an annexe or you’re in the armed forces).
Local councils usually send completion notices to new homes and properties that have had major home improvements. A completion notice tells you the day the council thinks your property was finished.
You have to start paying Council Tax from this date.