Council tax empty homes

Empty Homes Review

In support of the Government’s initiative to tackle the shortfall in national housing, East Staffordshire Borough Council is currently undertaking a review of empty Council Tax properties.

Please update the property records for your address here.

Furnished properties not used as anyone’s main home

From the date a property becomes unoccupied but remains furnished and it is not used as anyone’s main home, you will not be entitled to any discount and a full charge is payable.

Where the taxpayer or spouse occupies another property and one of the properties is contractually job-related, you may be entitled to a 50% discount.

Long Term Empty Premium

A ‘Long Term Empty Premium’ will be applied to empty dwellings that have been classed as ‘long term empty’ continuously for at least two years.

Read more about the Long Term Empty Premium.

Unfurnished properties

If a property is empty/unfurnished and unoccupied you may be entitled to a 100% discount for up to one month.

If a property is undergoing or requires major repairs or structural alterations, you may be entitled to a 50% discount for up to 12 months.

A full charge becomes payable at the expiry of the periods referred to above.

See the council tax exemptions page for more information.

Council Tax Penalties

The Council can impose a penalty if you fail to notify the authority of any changes to your circumstances.

Read more about council tax penalties