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Altered and Repaired Property

A reduction in Council Tax may be applicable if a property is vacant due to structural alteration or major repair work (structural or reconstruction work which would prevent occupation). In order to qualify for this reduction, one of the following conditions must be met:

  • Council Tax exemption may be awarded (for a maximum period of up to 12 months from the last day that the property was occupied) if an unoccupied property is undergoing or has undergone structural repairs, improvement, or has been reconstructed.
  • If you have become the owner of an unoccupied property which is undergoing or is in need of structural alteration or major repair work to make it habitable and it is over 12 months since the property was last occupied, a 50% discount may be awarded for a period of up to 6 months from the date of purchase.

(Please note that the 50% discount does not apply to the Water and Sewerage charges contained within your Council Tax bill).

If structural alterations or major repair work continues, or the property remains unoccupied and unfurnished, beyond these exemption or discount periods, the Exemption/Discount will end and a 100% additional Council Tax charge will apply.

(Please note that the 50% discount and 100% additional Council Tax charge does not apply to the Water and Sewerage charges contained within your Council Tax bill).

Examples of work which would qualify:

  • Major roof repairs, leaving the property open to the elements;
  • Major repairs to external walls leaving the property open to the elements;
  • Removal of floorboards in the majority, or all of the property;]
  • Where a property is totally gutted, and is in effect a shell.


Examples of work which would not qualify:

  • Replacement of kitchen/bathroom;
  • Removal of internal dividing walls, which are not load bearing, and form part of the main structure of the property;
  • Installation of central heating or other heating systems;
  • Removal of floorboards in perhaps one or two rooms, but the remainder of the house is habitable;
  • Replacement of windows;
  • Minor roof repairs.
  • General redecoration


Evidence requirements:

  • If the work is currently being undertaken, we will contact you to arrange a visit to your property.
  • If the works are completed, we will ask you to provide documentary evidence (such as builders receipts, etc) in support of your claim.

How to apply

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to  Contact Us

 

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