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10. Empty properties

When an empty property is being sold after the death of the owner the property is exempt of Council Tax for 6 months after the granting of probate.

Some homes do not get a Council Tax bill for as long as they stay empty. These include empty homes:

  • of someone in prison (except for not paying a fine or council tax)
  • of someone who’s moved into a care home or hospital
  • that have been repossessed
  • that can’t be lived in by law, for example if they’re derelict

You may be eligible for a Council Tax discount if your home is undergoing major repair work or structural changes.

If you think you may be eligible you should contact your local authority Council Tax department.