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Council Tax information relating to changes from 1 April 2018

Information about changes to the amount of Council Tax payable for properties classed as long term unoccupied and second homes.

From 1 April 2018 the amount of Council Tax payable for properties classed as long term unoccupied and second homes has changed.

Long Term Unoccupied Properties

Properties that have been unoccupied for a continuous period of 12 months or more will be charged twice the full Council Tax charge for the band the property is in.

This change affects Council Tax charges only, the amount you are charged for water and waste water will still be the same.

You may be entitled to a Council Tax discount if the property is:

  • Being actively marketed for sale or let. You will be entitled to a 50% discount for a maximum period of 24 months from the date the property was last occupied. You must provide evidence that the property is being actively marketed.
  • A purpose built holiday home. You will be entitled to a 50% discount.
  • A job related dwelling. You will be entitled to a 50% discount.
  • An uninhabitable property that you have purchased. You will be entitled to a 50% discount for a maximum period of 6 months

Second Homes

From the 1 April 2018 second homes will be charged the full Council Tax for the band the property is in.

A second home is a property that is no one's sole or main residence, is furnished and occupied for at least 25 days during a 12 month period.