Council Tax Regulations on Empty Properties 

Council tax tends to be a confusing matter most of the time. Many homeowners struggle to find out the band their property falls into to predict possible tax payments. Some owners with inhabited dwellings also find it trickier to identify how to avoid paying council tax on an empty property. They try to find out their eligibility for a discount for their second home as well.

However, if your home is unoccupied and unfurnished, you will still have to pay council tax with or without a discount. Several different types of council tax regulations apply to an empty or inhabited property. It is totally up to your local council about your council tax liability. Every local council varies in its approach for council tax on inhabited properties. Since a local council may charge you extra in some cases, it becomes compulsory to contact your local council to verify that the amount of tax you are paying is correct.

Council Tax on a Second Home

Owners of a second or holiday property may be eligible to pay discounted council tax if it is not their primary house. Depending on your local council’s discretion, you can get up discount of up to 50 percent.

Council Tax on an Empty Property

Most local councils expect you to pay council tax on your inhabited property. Some of these councils, however, may offer a discount depending on their discretion. It may also charge you additional tax if your property stands empty for over two years.

Several instances automatically exempt you from paying council tax on your empty property. For example, if you are selling an inhabited house on behalf of a deceased person. In this situation, you would need to begin paying council tax six months after receiving probate.