Empty Property Discount/Exemptions

Empty Property Discount/Exemptions

Empty Properties

Unoccupied and Unfurnished Properties that can be lived in

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties can get a 25% discount for up to six months. For backdated applications, you'll need to give us evidence to show that the property was both unoccupied and unfurnished for that time.

Uninhabitable Properties that can't be lived in

If your property can't be lived in because of major works or structural alterations, you might be able to get a council tax discount for a maximum of 12 months.

To apply for a discount on a property getting major repairs and structural alterations please contact Customer Services on the telephone number  shown below to arrange an inspection of the property.

Empty Homes Charge

Properties that have been empty for two years or more have a council tax charge of 150%.


If you feel you are entitled to an exemption, please click here and complete an application form.

Tell us about a change

If your property is no longer empty or is now ready to be lived in after major works, you need to contact the Council using the telephone number shown below.


Customer Services
tel: 0115 917 7777