Council Tax Reduction

If you are the person in your home that is responsible for paying council tax, you may be entitled to a discount, or reduction on the amount of Council Tax you pay or you may even be exempt from it and not have to pay any Council Tax. 

With effect from 1 April 2013 we no longer grant discounts for empty properties that are:

  • empty and unfurnished properties
  • second homes
  • uninhabitable properties

Properties being refurbished

If you have a property in a poor state of repair, or which is undergoing substantial refurbishment work, no discount will apply unless the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) deletes the property from the Council Tax list. 

The VOA will only do this if the property is derelict and uninhabitable, or if the work is substantial and the property is being rebuilt or structurally altered. 

If you would like to get a derelict property removed from the Council Tax Valuation list apply to the Valuation Office Agency 

Properties empty for more than two years

An additional amount of Council Tax is charged on properties that have been empty for more than two years. 

  • From April 2020, the premium is 100% Council Tax for the properties that are empty and unfurnished for more than two years but less than five which doubles the amount of Council Tax payable. 
  • For properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for five years but less than ten years, the premium remains set at 200%.
  • Where a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for ten years or more, the premium will increase to 300%. This means that if you own a property which has been empty and unfurnished for ten years or more, you will be charged an extra 300% Council Tax on top of the full Council Tax for the property (a 400% Council Tax charge).

This is a property charge and so a change of ownership or tenancy will not affect is so if when you purchased or leased the property and it had already been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will have to pay the additional premium. 

You can apply for a council tax reduction if:

  • You are on a low income and are the person responsible for paying Council Tax
  • you are a pensioner who shares your home with another adult (not a partner or civil partner) who is unable to pay towards the Council Tax you can apply for Second Adult Rebate.
  • you're unsure if you can apply you can always contact us at  

Council Tax reduction is based on your household and income. We will pay some or all of your Council Tax for you if you qualify. You will not be entitled to a discount if you have over £16,000 in capital.

Apply for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction 


You can apply for a discount or exemption if:

  • you are the only occupier aged over 18 in your property
  • you are a student
  • you are severely mentally impaired

Apply for discounts and exemptions

Or if you are:

  • a patient or resident in a hospital
  • being looked after in a care home
  • someone with learning disabilities
  •  staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • a 18 and 19 year old who are at, or have just left college
  • caring for someone with a disability (who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18)
  • a member of visiting forces and certain international institutions
  • a member of a religious community
  • in prison

Complete a discount and exemptions form 



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