Council tax empty properties
Empty property premium charge
An additional amount of Council Tax (a premium) is charged when a property has been empty for two years or more.
From 1 April 2020, the Council will be increasing the premium charged on empty properties. The new premium will be as follows:
- for properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for two years, but less than five years, the premium will remain at 100%
- for properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for five years or more, the premium will be 200%
This means that if you own a property which has been empty and substantially unfurnished over two years but less than five years, you will be charged an extra 100% Council Tax on top of the full Council Tax charge (a 200% Council Tax charge).
If you own a property which has been empty and substantially unfurnished for five years or more, you will be charged an extra 200% Council Tax on top of the full Council Tax charge (a 300% Council Tax charge).
As the premium applies to the property, a change in Council Tax liability will not affect the premium. If when you purchased or leased the property it had already been empty and substantially unfurnished for more than two years and the property remains substantially unfurnished after you took on liability, you will have to pay the additional charge.
There are two exceptions where the Empty Property Premium will not be added. These are:
- a property which has been left empty by a member of the Armed Forces who has been posted away from home
- a property which is an annexe to another property and it is being used as part of the main property
If you think you may qualify under one of the exceptions please call us on tel: 020 7361 3005.
Example of empty property premium charges
Property empty between 2-5 years
|Council Tax charge||£1,000|
|Empty property premium charge||£1,000|
|Total amount payable||£2,000|
Property empty over 5 years
|Council Tax charge||£1,000|
|Empty property premium charge||£2,000|
|Total amout payable||£3,000|
Making an application to the Valuation Office Agency to consider removing a property from the Council Tax list
If no one can live at your property because it requires major reconstruction work, substantial structural or major alterations to make it habitable, you may apply to the Valuation Office Agency to ask them to consider removing it from the Council Tax list.
You must still pay Council Tax until you receive official confirmation that your property has been removed from the list. You must contact the Valuation Office Agency again when the works are completed.
The Valuation Office can be contacted:
by post: Council Tax South, Valuation Office Agency, Second Floor, 1 Francis Grove, Wimbledon, London SW19 4DT
by telephone: 03000 501501
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
online: Valuation Office Agency website
You must register with the council
To apply for disregard or exemption, you must create a MyRBKC account.
- If you would like to register now visit Register for a MyRBKC account and follow the on-screen instructions.
- If you have already registered you can Sign in to MyRBKC account.
You can also make your application in writing or use the Contact us form quoting your Council Tax reference number.