Council tax - empty property notification
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We would like to ask at this difficult time that you email us with any queries rather than contact us by phone. Please only phone us if you have an urgent query.
We understand that this is a difficult situation for everyone and appreciate your understanding regarding this matter.
If you contact us please quote your Council Tax reference number (which can be found on the right hand side of your bill and is an 8-digit number starting with 9) or your name and/or address.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to a drop in your income you may be entitled to Council Tax support. Please click on the link for further information.
Please see below for further information about the COVID-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund.
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Properties undergoing major repair or uninhabitable
If your property is having major work done to it (such as structural alteration or major repair) you may be able to receive a 25% discount your property for up to 12 months (class D), after which the full charge would be levied on your property.
If the property is empty and unfurnished for two years or more an additional 50% premium would be added making a 150% charge. When the class D discount expires a 150% charge will be levied immediately if the property has already been empty and unfurnished for two or more years. Please see below to see the amendments to this policy with effect from 1 April 2020.
How to apply
If you wish to claim the discount please contact the council tax section on 01453 754865 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for our inspector to visit your property.
Unoccupied and unfurnished properties
If your property is unoccupied and unfurnished you may be able to claim a 25% discount on your property for up to 6 months. A full charge would be payable after 6 months.
If the property is empty and unfurnished for two years or more an additional 50% premium would be added making a 150% charge.
Please see below to see the amendments to this policy with effect from 1 April 2020.
How to apply
If you wish to claim the discount please contact the council tax section on 01453 754865 or email: email@example.com
Council Tax Discount 2020/21 – Long Term Empty Properties
Notice is hereby given that at a full Council meeting on 19 December 2019, Stroud District Council made the following determination for the whole of the district.
Long term empty properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for a continuous period, shall be charged the following premiums (currently set at 50%), increasing the council tax charge whilst it remains in such a condition.
- Increased to 100% from 1st April 2020 for those properties which have been empty for 2 years and over
- Increased to 200% from 1st April 2020 for those properties which have been empty for 5 years and over
- Increased to 300% from 1st April 2021 for those properties which have been empty for 10 years and over
IMPORTANT NOTICE: the above discounts are levied on the property and not the account holder. If the liable person for council tax changes after a property becomes unoccupied and unfurnished, due to a tenancy ending or the property being sold, the start date for the discount does not change. Therefore all or part of the discount may have been used by the previous liable person.
Tell us about a change
If you no longer qualify for the empty property discount please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning the council tax helpline (01453) 754 865 or write to us at the council, quoting your council tax account reference number and/or address.
You may have to pay a fine if you don’t tell us.