Empty and Exempt Properties

Some empty properties are exempt. Unfurnished empty properties receive a 0% discount after six months exemption.


Furnished Empty (Unoccupied) Properties

Furnished empty (unoccupied) properties receive a 0% discount with no exemption period. This Council has chosen to grant a 0% discount for the current financial year on all properties that fall within the defined class.


For the purposes of the defined class an Empty (Unoccupied) Property is a dwelling in which no person is resident.


Your bill will indicate if the Council believes that your property is in the defined class. You should contact the Council if you think that its decision is wrong. 



Exempt Dwellings

Some dwellings are exempt, including properties occupied only by students, severely mentally impaired persons, under 18s and annexes occupied by a dependent relative. Also exempt are vacant properties, which are classed as those that:

  • Unfurnished (exempt for up to six months)

  • Owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)

  • Undergoing structural alteration or require major repair (exempt for up to 12 months providing the property is unfurnished)

  • Left empty by someone who has gone into prison, or who has moved to receive personal care in hospital or home or elsewhere

  • Left empty by someone who has moved in order to provide personal care to another person

  • Left empty by students

  • Waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted (and for up to six months after) providing there is no other qualifying person

  • Being or have been repossessed

  • The responsibility of a bankrupt's trustee

  • Empty because their occupation is forbidden by law

  • Waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion




Forces barracks and married quarters are also exempt; their occupants will contribute to the cost of local services through a special arrangement.