There is no discount for an empty property. But, in the right conditions, the property may be exempt from council tax.
100% council tax is payable from the date a property becomes empty and unfurnished for 2 years. This is regardless of any change in ownership.
Empty Homes Premium
If a property becomes empty and unfurnished for over 2 years the premium is 100% above the normal charge.
For properties empty for at least 5 years, the premium has increased to 200% above the normal charge. 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.
Moving into, out of or within Wolverhampton
If you are moving into, out of or within Wolverhampton, complete our form to register your details.
Job-related second home discount
If you have more than one property, we may have to decide which property is your main house. We may request further information to do this.
If your second home is job-related you may get a 50% discount. This is if either you or your spouse's employment contract requires you to live in the property.
When applying for the discount, we will need a copy of your employment contract. If one of your properties is outside Wolverhampton, we need a copy of that property's council tax bill. 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. You should make any further inquiries 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. You need to keep paying the instalments to avoid court action. If the appeal is successful you will receive a refund.