This section provides information on charges made on empty properties or second homes.

Empty properties

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

100% council tax is payable from the date a property becomes empty and unfurnished for 2 years, regardless of any change in ownership.

Empty Homes Premium

If a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for over 2 years the premium  is 100% above the normal charge.  For properties that have been empty for 5 years or more, the premium has increased to 200% above the normal charge from 1st April 2020. This is to encourage property owners to bring the properties into use. Help may be available to reduce these charges in certain circumstances - see Other discounts and exemptions for more information.

Job related second home discount

If you have more than 1 property we may have to decide which property is classed as your main residence we may request further information. If your second home is job-related, that is, either you or your spouse's employment contract requires you to live in the property, you may be entitled to a discount of 50%.

We will require a copy of your employment contract and, if one of your properties is outside Wolverhampton, a copy of your council tax bill for that property with your application for this discount, please apply for this discount below.

Uninhabitable properties and properties requiring structural repairs, or refurbishment

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

While an appeal is being made you are still liable to pay the full amount of council tax on the demand and need to keep paying the installments to avoid court action. If the appeal is successful you will receive a refund.

Job related second home discount application

Your details


Customer name


Customer address


Request details

Your property

Second property

Address of second property


Employer address

Is the employer a charity or not profit organisation?

Your request

Is this property provided by the employer
Is this employment full-time