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Council tax - empty property notification

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 on your property for up to 12 months (class D), after which the full charge would be levied on your property. 

With effect from 1 April 2020 - if the property is empty and unfurnished for two years or more an additional 100% premium will be added making a 200% charge.  When the class D discount expires a 200% charge will be levied immediately if the property has already been empty and unfurnished for two or more years.  

With effect from 1 April 2025 if the property is empty and unfurnished for one year or more an additional 100% premium will be added making a 200% charge.  When the class D discount expires a 200% charge will be levied immediately if the property has already been empty and unfurnished for one or more years.

Please see below for the relevant statutory notices

How to apply

If you wish to claim the discount please contact the council tax section on 01453 766321 or email: revenue.services@stroud.gov.uk 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 100% premium would be added making a 200% charge.

Please see below to see the amendments to this policy with effect from 1 April 2020.

Please see below for the amendment to the long-term empty policy with effect from 1 April 2025.

How to apply

If you wish to claim the discount please contact the council tax section on 01453 766321 or email: revenue.services@stroud.gov.uk 

 

IMPORTANT CHANGES (STATUTORY NOTICES):

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.

  1. Increased to 100% from 1st April 2020 for those properties which have been empty for 2 years and over
  2. Increased to 200% from 1st April 2020 for those properties which have been empty for 5 years and over
  3. Increased to 300% from 1st April 2021 for those properties which have been empty for 10 years and over

 

Council Tax Discount 2025/26 – Long Term Empty Properties

Notice is hereby given that at a full Council meeting on 22 February 2024, 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, increasing the council tax charge whilst it remains in such a condition.

  1. 100% from 1st April 2025 for those properties which have been empty for 1 year and over (currently 2 years)

 

Other existing premiums remain unchanged:

  1. 200% for those properties which have been empty for 5 years and over
  2. 300% 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.

 

 

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