Empty property Vat savings and council tax discounts

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Bringing empty properties back into use can be costly. Particularly if extensive renovations are necessary.

There are two ways in which you can be supported in reducing the costs of the work to your property.

HM Revenue and Customs VAT Reduction

Domestic building work is usually charged at the standard VAT rate of 20%. However, there are concessions which can reduce project costs if the property has been empty for more than 2 years.

The Empty properties – Less taxing! leaflet summarises possible VAT savings.

The Council’s Empty Homes Team can help provide supporting evidence, about the length of time that a property has been empty.

You can include this with your application to HM Revenue and Customs for a VAT reduction or refund.

Request a letter of evidence for VAT reduction

Details of empty property
Please enter the date using the format dd/mm/yyyy
Property owner's details

Links to HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC VAT Helpline on 0300 200 3700

Council Tax Discounts

Please note whilst we (Empty Homes team) provide advice and assistance to help bring properties back into use we do not administer Council Tax accounts. Enquiries and requests for amendment or discount should be directed to the Revenues service.

Empty uninhabitable major works discount 

If your property is empty and unfurnished and needs, or is undergoing major repairs (which involve structural alterations), you may be able to get a money off your bill .

You’ll need to provide us with some details such as photos, estimates, and invoices before the 50% discount can be awarded for up to twelve months.

Empty, unoccupied and unfurnished

Currently 100% for up to one month where a property is unoccupied and unfurnished.

Empty property premium

Where a property is unoccupied and unfurnished for a period of 2 years or more a 100% empty homes premium is payable. 

Change in circumstances

You must notify Council Tax if you are receiving a discount and there is a change in your circumstances within 21 days.  You may be liable to a penalty of £70.00 if you don't do this. 

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