Empty Homes review | Central Bedfordshire Council

Empty Homes review

We are reviewing the empty Council Tax properties in Central Bedfordshire, to support the government's initiative to tackle the national shortfall in available housing. If we’ve written to you, you can complete your review online – you’ll need your user name and password from your letter.

Complete your review

About Council Tax on empty homes

The Council Tax bill for an empty and substantially unfurnished home is 100% of the occupied charge, plus:

  • an extra 100% charge if your property has been empty for 2 years or more (200% of the occupied charge in total), or
  • an extra 200% charge if your property has been empty for 5 years or more (300% of the occupied charge in total)

You don’t have to pay the extra charge for:

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

Some empty properties are exempt from Council Tax, which means you don’t have to pay any Council Tax for them. Check our empty homes premium information to find out more about the empty homes charge exemptions and how to get help with your empty property.