Discounts and Exemptions

Unoccupied properties

Unoccupied Properties

You can claim for a Council Tax exemption if the property:

  • is both unoccupied and unfurnished (exempt for up to six months since date of last occupation)
  • has just been built (exempt for up to six months after completion)
  • is undergoing structural alteration or major repair work (exempt for up to twelve months since the last date of occupation
  • has been repossessed
  • is left empty by someone who is deceased
  • is left empty by someone who has gone into prison or who has moved to receive personal care such as in a hospital or residential home
  • is left empty so the owner can provide personal care to another person
  • is left empty waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
  • is the responsibility of a bankrupt's trustee
  • is empty because occupation of the property is prohibited by law, for example where a property is subject to a building warrant, demolition order, closing order or a compulsory purchase order.