Empty homes - Council Tax premium

Empty homes Council Tax premium

If your property has been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you are required to pay an empty home premium, on top of the full Council Tax charge for your property

Why am I charged extra when I am not using my property?

The empty homes premium is intended as an incentive to landlords to ensure properties are occupied as soon as possible and not left empty.   

How much is the premium?

Until 31 March 2019

The premium is 50 per cent of the full Council Tax charge for your property, so in total you will have to pay 150 per cent of the full Council Tax charge.

In the November 2017 budget, the government gave us the power to increase this to a 100 per cent premium on empty properties, to encourage owners of empty homes to bring their properties back into use.

From 1 April 2019

The premium is 100 per cent of the full Council Tax charge for your property, so you will have to pay 200 per cent of the full Council Tax charge.

Do I have to pay the premium?

As this premium applies to the property, a change of ownership or tenancy will not affect the premium. If when you purchased or leased your property it had already been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will have to pay a 150 per cent Council Tax charge rising to 200 per cent from 1 April.

If the premium affects you we will write to you and send you a new Council Tax bill.

You are required to pay the premium if your property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years or more unless your property:

  •  is left empty by a member of the armed services, who is away from the property as a result of their service
  •  forms part of a single property, for example, an annexe.

If your bill shows a long-term empty premium and you think that your property is in one of these categories please contact us straight away.

How do I to end the premium charge?

To end the premium charge, you must bring the property back into use.

If you bring your property back into use, please email valuation@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk so we can arrange an appointment to visit your property.


Empty homes guidance