Empty properties

Some empty properties are entitled to a council tax discount, these are detailed below.

Local discounts

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties undergoing major structural work:

  • Phase 1 -50% discount for up to 12 months or 6 months after works are completed, whichever is shorter
  • Phase 2 - full charge
  • Phase 3 - charge of 200% council tax if dwelling left empty for between 2 - 5 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent
  • Phase 4 - charge of 300% council tax if dwelling left empty for between 5 - 10 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent
  • Phase 5 - charge of 400% council tax if dwelling left empty for over 10 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties:

  • Phase 1 - 50% discount for up to 3 months
  • Phase 2 - full charge
  • Phase 3 - charge of 200% council tax if dwelling left empty for between 2 - 5 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent
  • Phase 4 - charge of 300% council tax if dwelling left empty for between 5 - 10 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent 
  • Phase 5 - Charge of 400% council tax if dwelling left empty for over 10 years and not actively marketed for sale or rent

Unoccupied properties that are substantially furnished: 

  • Phase 1 – 50% discount for 3 months from the date on which the property became unoccupied
  • Phase 2 - after 3 months full charge for the period the property remains unoccupied and substantially furnished

Local discounts referred to above, apply to the property, and not to an individuals account. Therefore once the relevant period of time has been spent, the discount will not be applied again until the property has been occupied for 6 weeks or more.

How to apply

Please contact the Council Tax service by email council.tax@westlancs.gov.uk or alternatively you can speak to a Customer Services advisor by calling 01695 577 177.

Some unoccupied properties may be exempt from paying council tax. Visit our exemption pages to find out more.

 

Council strategy for dealing with Empty Homes

For more information please visit Council strategy for dealing with Empty Homes