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Empty properties discount

From 1 April 2016 a 100 per cent discount will be applied to a property that is unoccupied and substantially unfurnished including newly built property for up to 21 days (prescribed Class C).

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The discount is reduced to zero per cent after 21 days which means that the full council tax will be payable if the property remains empty after 21 days.

Similarly a 100 per cent discount will be applied to a property that is undergoing (or requires) major repair work or is being structurally altered for a period of 21 days (prescribed Class D). Thereafter the full council tax will be due on the property after 21 days.

The council will only award a discount when the position has been verified. It is therefore important to advise the council as soon as your property becomes empty.

Changes of ownership do not affect the discount period, therefore, if a property has already been granted a discount prior to its sale, and remains unoccupied and unfurnished  after the sale, the new owner would not be entitled to claim a further discount.

Second homes and furnished properties which are not used as a sole or main residence will no longer attract a discount from 1 April 2016.

Contact the council tax by email counciltax@hillingdon.gov.uk to apply for the discount.

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