Empty Homes - charges and exemptions

Empty and unoccupied properties 

Most unoccupied properties attract a full council tax charge, whether furnished or not. 

If your empty home is in a poor state of repair, you'll still be charged full Council Tax - read our empty homes faq and flow chart for more information.

If you can’t afford to pay council tax for your empty home, apply for an empty home discretionary discount.  

Long term empty home premium

If a property has been empty for over two years, we charge a premium. 

We have set the premiums at:

  • 100% for properties empty for more than two years
  • 200% for properties empty for more than five years
  • 300% for properties that have been empty for at least ten years (from 2021/22 onwards)

This means that if you own a property that has been empty for over two years, you have to pay your council tax bill, plus a premium on top.

If you are actively trying to sell or let your empty home, apply to have the premium waivered

Read information and advice for empty home owners  

Armed Forces - home left empty

Accommodation provided for UK armed forces which is owned by the Secretary of State for Defence is exempt, whether occupied or not. 

This includes barracks and married quarters. 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) pays a contribution in lieu of Council Tax to us. 

In Rutland, forces accommodation is at St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham and Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore.

If you own your home (not armed forces accommodation) and you leave it empty and unfurnished, you'll be charged full council tax, but you will not be charged the long term empty home premium. 

If you leave your home empty but furnished, you may be entitled to claim a 50% discount.

The MoD runs a Council Tax relief scheme, supporting military personnel serving overseas who are liable to pay council tax for a property that they own in the UK - contact your HR department for more information.              

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