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Empty and second homes

If you own a property which is empty, or is used as a second home, this may change the amount of Council Tax you have to pay for it.

What Council Tax do I have to pay on my empty property?

Explanation on what Council Tax you will have to pay on an empty property
If the property is unfurnished and undergoing major repairs or structural work: If the property is unfurnished: If the property is furnished: If the property has been empty and unfurnished for more than two years:
There is no Council Tax charged for the property for up to three months while the work is being carried out. You will then pay full Council Tax.
Please note: if you buy an empty property, some or all of this discount may have been used by the previous owner.
There is no Council Tax charged for the property for up to three months. You will then pay full Council Tax.
Please note: if you buy an empty property, some or all of this discount may have been used by the previous owner
You will pay full Council Tax. Up to 31 March 2015 you will pay full Council Tax.
From 1 April 2015 you will pay 150 per cent of full Council Tax.

Empty properties with no Council Tax charge

You will not have to pay Council Tax for your property if it is empty:

  • For up to six months, it is owned by a charity and it was last used for the purposes of the charity
    Because the occupier is in prison (except for non-payment of Council Tax), detained under the Mental Health Acts, in hospital, receiving care in a hospital or home, or receiving personal care elsewhere because of old age, disability or illness.
  • Because the occupier has moved in order to provide personal care to another person
    Since the death of the owner or tenant, and for which the only liable person would be their personal representative (and for up to six months after probate or letters of administration have been granted.
  • Because its occupation is forbidden by law
  • Empty and it is a caravan pitch or boat mooring.
  • Because it is waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
  • Empty and it was last occupied by the freeholder or tenant who is a student
  • Empty and repossessed, or is the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
  • Empty and it has been and continues to be an annexe that is unable to be let under planning regulations (for example, a granny annexe)
  • Empty and it is accommodation for UK armed forces

If you think your bill should be reduced, please contact us.

Please note: If your bill shows that you are getting a reduction you must tell us straight away if anything changes which may affect the amount you have to pay. If you fail to do so you may have to pay a penalty. The information on this page is a guide, not a full statement of the law.

Contact us

Email: council.tax@dacorum.gov.uk
Phone: 01442 228000
Address:

Dacorum Borough Council
Council Tax Section
The Forum
Marlowes
Hemel Hempstead
Herts
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