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Empty homes surcharge

Homes which have been empty and unfurnished for two years or more will be charged an extra 50 per cent Council Tax. When they have remained empty for two years, the amount payable will be 150 per cent.
More information can be found in our empty homes surcharge policy (PDF)
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​Empty homes which can’t be charged a surcharge

Properties can’t be charged the surcharge if they:
  • would otherwise be the sole or main residence of a member of the armed forces, who is absent from the property as a result of such a service
  • form a substantial annex to a dwelling, which is being used as part of the main residence in that dwelling, such as ‘granny flats’.
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  • Council Tax and Benefits Service
    PO Box 23504
    E15 4UU
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    020 8430 2000