Chelmsford City Council

Apply for a discount or exemption

5. Discount for an empty property

 Contact us about a discount

The discount lasts for a maximum of three months, and applies to the property and not the owner. This means that if the previous owner claimed the discount for some of the three months, you can only claim it for the remaining time.

After three months, we will charge Council Tax in full.

We will only apply a new empty property discount if the property becomes empty and unfurnished after it has been reoccupied for six weeks.

If your property is unoccupied and unfurnished for two years or more, you will have to pay an empty homes premium. This mean we will charge Council Tax in full, plus an additional 100% of the bill.

To apply for a discount for an empty property, you will need: 

  • your Council Tax account number

  • your name, address and contact details

  • to tell us when the property became empty and unfurnished

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