What are council tax discounts? - Uninhabitable properties

An uninhabitable discount may be granted to properties which are unoccupied, unfurnished and require or are undergoing major repairs and structural alterations to make them habitable.  Each case is decided upon the facts relating to the physical condition of the property and the nature of the work that is needed.  This 25% discount can only apply for a maximum period of 12 months to the property, irrespective of ownership, a new period of discount does not start with a new owner.   The discount ends if the property becomes occupied or furnished.

We would need evidence confirming the works which are being carried out, these can be photographs, invoices or schedules of works, estate agents details, surveyors reports.  Generally photographs are the best option, which you can attach to an email to council.tax@bassetlaw.gov.uk providing details of the request for uninhabitable discount.

There are no specific pieces of evidence, but we must be satisfied that the property is uninhabitable.  In some cases, a Council Tax property inspector may also need to inspect the property.

When considering major/structural repairs, consideration will be given to the following:

  • Structural repairs to the main structure of the property, i.e. major roof repairs
  • Replacing defective solid floor/ceiling joists
  • Rebuilding internal/external walls. 

General refurbishment and redecoration, such as replacing a kitchen or bathroom will not be considered.

Plumbing and heating repairs will not be considered, neither will general maintenance, such as re-pointing, window/door replacement.

If you think the property is derelict you can ask the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) if they will delete it from their list.  The VOA decide which properties should be charged council tax.



Last Updated on Wednesday, October 25, 2023