Council Tax changes
- Council tax and benefits
Council Tax discounts and exemptions
Council Tax discounts and exemptions changes from April 2013
Single Person Discounts are unchanged.
A new charge for properties that have been empty for more than two years has been introduced. This is at the rate of one and a half times the full council tax for the property. 'Empty' means unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.
The following discounts and exemptions were abolished from April 2013
- The 10% discount given to second home owners
- The exemption from Council Tax given for empty properties for up to six months (class C exemption) was abolished. Full Council Tax is charged
- The exemption from Council Tax given for up to a year for empty properties that are undergoing structural alteration or undergoing building works to make the property habitable (class A) was abolished. Full Council Tax is charged
To report an empty property contact 020 8359 4475 or email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I own an empty property. What help can you give me?
- The Council currently operates two schemes, whereby private landlords may rent their property to Council tenants directly or lease their property to the Council and we will manage the property for you. Read more about renting to the Council
- Financial assistance may also be available for owners of empty properties who would like to let or lease their property to the Council to house people in housing need, to key workers or owner occupiers who are in care and unable to return home due to its condition. The financial assistance is subject to conditions and eligibility criteria.