Homes that become vacant

If you have an empty property, you do not have to pay council tax on it for up to three months.

Council tax discount and council tax support schemes consultation

We are consulting on proposed changes to our council tax discount and council tax support schemes for 2018/19 and would like your views.

You can find out more and take part in our survey on our Council tax support and council tax discount schemes consultation page.

The consultation closes on Sunday 17 December.

Discount time limit

The discount lasts for up to three months from the date the property becomes vacant.

After the discount period has expired, you will have to pay 100% council tax.

We only allow one council tax-free period of three months, irrespective of any changes in ownership.

If, during the tax-free period, someone moves into the property or it becomes substantially furnished for a period of less than six weeks,  then it becomes vacant again, the discount will still only run for the rest of the original three-month exemption period.

What we mean by the terms vacant, unoccupied and substantially unfurnished

Vacant

Unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.

Unoccupied

There is no-one living at the property as an only or main home.

Substantially unfurnished

The property is empty or contains only a small amount of furniture, equipment and items that are not enough to support anyone living there long-term.

By this we mean:

  • Carpets
  • Curtains
  • Any items that are built into the property, such as some cookers, gas fires and fitted wardrobes or cupboards
  • White goods, such as a fridge or freezer
  • Abandoned items of furniture that are in such a poor state of repair that they no longer have any use

To apply for a discount

Complete the Homes that become vacant - council tax discount application form.

You need to include:

  • A full inventory of the furniture, equipment and items that will stay in the property while it is unoccupied
 
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Contacts

Council tax - billing and collection
localtax@rushmoor.gov.uk
Tel: 01252 398912
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