Empty homes council tax
In Shropshire, empty and unfurnished properties are eligible for a one-month exemption when they become empty. After that a 25% discount is applied for the next five months. After this there's no further discounting for empty properties, 100% council tax will be chargeable after six months of being empty.
From 1 April 2014 a 50% council tax premium was introduced for long-term empty properties – those properties which have been empty for two years or longer. This effectively means that 150% council tax is chargeable. The premium was introduced by central government in order to provide councils with a way to incentivise people not to leave properties empty for long periods of time.
Paying council tax on an empty property is costly, especially as the property doesn’t generate any income, and it can impact on the funds available to maintain and renovate the property. We therefore strongly advise that you don't allow properties to remain empty for a long period.
You can find out more about council tax charges in Shropshire from our council tax pages.
If you think your property is in the wrong council tax band, or that it should be removed from banding due to its condition, you can make a formal challenge to the Valuation Office Agency – this isn't something we can deal with.