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.
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.
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.