Shropshire Council

Empty homes council tax

With effect from 1 April 2019 the council tax premium for empty properties has changed. 

In 2018 the Government introduced the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018.  This allows local authorities to increase the council tax premium from 50% to 100% where domestic properties are both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years or more

At its cabinet meeting on 13 December 2018, Shropshire Council resolved to increase the council tax premium, in these circumstances, to 100% effective from 1 April 2019.

Since 1 April 2018, from the point a property becomes both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, 100% discount will apply for one month only, followed by full council tax thereafter (until the council tax premium applies). 

From 1 April 2019 we will levy the increased council tax premium of 100% (meaning properties that have been both unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for two years or more as at 1 April 2019 will be subject to 200% council tax).

Please note this is irrespective of a change in ownership.