Long Term Empty Premium

From 1 April 2016 the Council implemented discretionary Council Tax legislation - where a property that has been classed as ‘long term empty’ continuously for at least two years will be subject to a 50% premium being added to the Council Tax charge.

A property is classed as ‘long term empty’ where it has been unoccupied and unfurnished continuously for at least six months and no other discounts or exemptions are applicable.

Once a long term empty premium is added to your Council Tax account you will be required to make payment against the increased amount. 

Should you fail to do so, further recovery action will be taken against you.

What will happen if you don’t pay your Council Tax

The discretionary legislation was brought in by the Government for Council’s to implement to encourage owners and landlords to bring empty properties back into use to help ease the shortage of domestic accommodation.

For further advice on how to bring empty properties back into use please visit our improving your home page.

Where a Long Term Empty Premium has been applied the Council may remove the premium where:

  • The property is actively being marketed for sale. (Evidence must be provided to support any claims that a property is being marketed for sale, such as a copy of the agreement with selling agents, the number of enquiries received and viewings arranged or completed, etc.)
  • The property is actively being marketed for let. (Evidence must be provided to support any claims that a property is being marketed for let, such as a copy of the agreement with letting/managing agents, the number of enquiries received and viewings arranged or completed, etc.)

For further advice about the Long Term Empty Premium, please contact the Council Tax team by telephone on 01827 508030, by email at council.tax@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres in the Market Place, Burton upon Trent or the Library in Uttoxeter.