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The Council tax payable on an empty property will depend on the circumstances.
To claim complete either the 'empty and unfurnished property' or 'uninhabitable properties form' which are available from the documents section.
There is no council tax discount. The full council tax charge is due from the date the property became unoccupied.
See the Council Tax exemptions page for information on unoccupied properties which are exempt from paying Council Tax.
The council tax bill will be reduced by 50% for a maximum of twelve months providing the empty property is either:
The 50% discount will not apply unless the work is structural or major.
To receive the major repair/structural alterations discount you need to notify us promptly of any structural alterations because we may need to visit the property.
After twelve months, the full council tax charge is payable even if your property is still uninhabitable.
We are committed to reducing the number of empty homes in Preston and on 13 December 2018, we reviewed our policy for charges on empty homes. We are introducing changes over the next three years to help us do this.
Properties which have been empty and unfurnished for two years or more are currently charged an additional 50% premium on top of the full Council Tax. From 1 April 2019, such properties will be charged an additional 100% premium on top of the full Council Tax.
Starting on 1 April 2020, properties which have been empty and unfurnished for five years or more will have an additional 200% premium charged on top of the full Council Tax.
Additionally, from 1 April 2021, a premium of 300% will be charged on properties that have been empty and unfurnished for ten years or more.
Exceptions may apply for empty annexes, property left empty by service personnel and in other locally determined circumstances.
For more information please see the full policy guidelines regarding Empty Property Premium.
The Council Tax will remain due and payable at the current rate pending the outcome of any review.
To apply for an exception to the Council Tax Premium please complete the application form (open's in a PDF, 171KB).
To apply please complete the unoccupied and unfurnished properties form or download the PDF form in the documents section of this page.
To apply for a discount if your property is undergoing major repairs or structural alterations please complete our online discount form or download the PDF form in the documents section of this page.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.