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Help with empty homes

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1. Bringing properties back into use

Most home owners don’t want to leave their properties unoccupied and take steps to bring them back into use. It is, however, often a lack of funding that prevents refurbishment, so we offer a range of loans and grants to help, please see our partner, Lendology's, empty homes page

From 1 April 2024 changes to Council Tax charges are being made on unoccupied and unfurnished properties. Once a property has been unoccupied for one year or more (was two years prior to this) a 100% long term empty homes premium is applied to the council tax account; doubling the standard charge.

Some properties may qualify for an exception to the premium details of which have yet to be finalised, subject to Government guidance. These include properties marketed for sale or let, properties where probate has been granted and properties undergoing major repairs to make habitable. Find out more about how to apply and exceptions.  

When a property has been unoccupied for 5 years or more the premium increases to 200%; tripling the standard council tax charge. Once a property has been empty for 10 years or more the premium is 300%; quadrupling the standard charge.

The premium applies regardless of any change of ownership.