Council Tax Discounts and Premia Consultation 2020

Closed 7 Jan 2021

Opened 26 Nov 2020


Councils are able to change council tax discounts given on certain properties and so the Council is reviewing the discounts offered for empty dwellings and the level of council tax premium charged on long term empty dwellings.

The Council wants to encourage home owners to bring empty homes back into use as quickly as possible and it is expected that these proposals will encourage owners of empty properties to make them available for housing, either by putting them up for sale or rent, thereby increasing housing across the district.

This will also generate additional income from changes to discounts on empty homes and by increasing the empty home premium. This additional income could be used to offset the costs of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and other budget savings the Council is required to make. These proposals are made in line with the Councils objectives for Empty Homes.

What could the changes mean?

This could mean some owners of empty homes may have to pay more Council Tax, for example:-

  • Owners of empty homes
  • Owners of homes that will have been empty for 2 years or more at 1 April 2021
  • Anyone who owns a home that is in need of, or awaiting major works, or structural repair

What we will not be changing

Most Council Tax rules are set by Government legislation, and therefore other discounts and exemptions will not be changed, for example:-

  • The amount of the sole occupier discount (25%)
  • The home is empty because the person is living in a hospital, residential care home or nursing home
  • The home is empty due to death of the owner, and for up to 6 months after probate is granted


  • South Lakeland


  • All residents


  • Council tax