Empty property exemptions

You will need to pay full Council Tax on most empty homes, whether they are furnished or not. 

But there are some exemptions to this:

  • an empty property that's owned and was last used by a registered charity (for up to six months)
  • a property left empty by someone who's in prison, or detained under the Mental Health Act
  • a property left empty when a person moves somewhere to receive care, with no plans to move back in (for example in a hospital, care home or nursing home)
  • a property left empty because the owner died, and probate or letters of administration have yet to be granted (and for up to six months afterwards)
  • any property left empty because occupation is forbidden by law
  • a property left empty to be used by a minister or religion
  • properties left empty by people who provide care to someone else
  • properties which are empty because the owner is a student living somewhere else
  • a property that's empty due to repossession
  • empty properties which are the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
  • empty caravan pitches or boat moorings 
  • properties that are empty because they are part of another property which cannot be let separately because of planning rules

How to apply

Send your completed application form to: localtaxation@rutland.gov.uk 

Remember - you'll need to carry on paying your Council Tax while you are waiting for the outcome of your application. 

Download the application form

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