Charges for empty homes and second homes

Council tax is payable on properties that are empty, including second homes.

Empty homes

Empty homes review

We are carrying out our annual review of empty homes to:

  • support the government's initiative to tackle the shortfall in national housing
  • maintain accurate council tax records

It is a legal requirement that you must inform us if the property is occupied or not. If we do not receive a response, we will inspect the property.

If you have received a letter from us, please complete the form below, the form will only take a few minutes to complete.

Complete the review form

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Help to return empty properties to use

If you are interested in returning your property to use, please contact our Empty Property Officers who provide practical and financial help to owners of qualifying properties. 

The officers can offer a range of assistance, both practical and financial, that can benefit the owners of qualifying properties.

Find out more about the Empty Property service or contact the team.

Empty property team


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