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Council Tax Empty Properties - Frequently Asked Questions

Council Tax Empty Properties


Frequently Asked Questions


I have moved to a new address but have not yet sold my old property, Can I apply for any reduction?

Effective 1 April 2013, there is no exemption or discount available for unoccupied properties and they are subject to 100% charge. 

What will I have to pay if I buy a second home?

Effective 1 April 2013, there is no exemption or discount for 2nd homes and they are subject to 100% charge.

If I owned a property and decided to rent it to a tenant, who would be responsible for the council tax?

If the owner resides in the property being rented they will remain liable for the Council Tax. If the owner does not live in the property the tenant will become liable for the Tax until such time as their lease/rental agreement ceases. Once the tenant has vacated and the lease/rental agreement has expired, the owner becomes liable for Council Tax at the full 100% charge.

My property is in need of structural repairs and uninhabitable, will I be entitled to any reduction?

Effective 1 April 2013 there is no exemption or discount available for properties undergoing structural repair. The owner can appeal to the Valuation Office Agency to request the property be removed from tax, the contact details are as follows:-

The Listing Officer, Council Tax North, Valuation Office Agency, King William House, Market Place, Hull, HU1 1RT.

I have an empty property what are my options?

Who to contact

If you live in Ashton or Mossley:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Ashton/Mossley Council Tax Team

If you live in Denton or Dukinfield:
Telephone Number 0161342 2015 Fax Number 0161 342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Denton/Dukinfield Council Tax Team

If you live in Audenshaw, Hyde or Longdendale:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Audenshaw/Hyde/Longdendale Council Tax Team

If you live in Droylsden or Stalybridge:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Droylsden/Stalybridge Council Tax Team

Page last updated: 12 December 2014