Council Tax for empty properties
When you don't pay Council Tax
You don't have to pay Council Tax on an empty property if:
- you're selling an empty property on behalf of someone who has died - you only start paying Council Tax 6 months after you get probate
- you're carrying out major repair work or structural changes on an empty property - you can contact the Valuation Office and they may take your property off the valuation list
- your property isn't on the valuation list, but we'll send you a completion notice that shows when you'll have to start paying
Find out about discounts for empty and unfurnished properties.
Council Tax charges for empty properties
We charge 50% extra Council Tax if your home has been empty for 2 years or more, unless it's an annexe or you're in the armed forces.
These are called long-term empty property premiums and are set up to help maximise the number of homes available in Brighton & Hove.