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Empty Properties/Second homes

Find discounts and premiums relating to second homes and empty properties

Empty properties

There is no discount for properties which become vacant, i.e. unoccupied and substantially unfurnished form 1 April 2016. The full council tax will be payable.

Properties which became vacant prior to 1 April 2016 are entitled to a discount of 100% for 21 days from the date the property first became vacant. However, please note this discount will be cancelled on 31 March 2016 regardless of the number of days the discount has been granted.

Empty Homes Premium

If a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 2 years or more (irrespective of any change in ownership), an additional 50% premium will be charged. This means you will be liable for 150% of your Council Tax bill.

Unoccupied but furnished properties

There is no discount for properties which are unoccupied and furnished. However, if certain conditions are met the property may be exempt for council tax.

Second Home Discount

If you have more than 1 property we may have to decide which property is classed as your main residence. Further information may be requested so we can determine which property is your main residence

If your second home is job-related, that is, your employment contract requires you to live in the property, you may be entitled to a discount of 50%.

If one of your properties is outside Wolverhampton, please include a copy of your council tax bill for this property with your application for a discount pdf icon Unoccupied property and job-related claim form [558kb].  

Uninhabitable properties and properties requiring structural repairs, or refurbishment

There is no discount or exemption for these properties and the full charge will be payable. If the property is derelict and cannot be lived in, it may be possible to get it removed from the Valuation List. Further enquiries should be made direct to the Valuation Office Agency.