Council Tax property discounts and exemptions

Second homes and additional properties

If your property is a second or additional home, you will usually be required to pay the full Council Tax. This includes if it is unfurnished, or is undergoing repairs.

Long term empty properties

If your property has been empty and substantially unfurnished for two years or more, you will be required to pay the full council tax plus 50 percent extra.

The following properties are exempt from the premium:

  • properties which are empty and unfurnished because they would otherwise be the sole or main residence of a person who is living in Ministry of Defence accommodation due to their employment
  • annexes which are unoccupied because they are being used by the occupier of the main dwelling as part of that dwelling

Contact us

Telephone: 0300 300 8306

Please quote your Council Tax account reference in all correspondence – your account reference is 8 or 9 digits long and starts with a 4, 7 or 8. You can find it on your Council Tax bill or any letter we’ve sent about your Council Tax.

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