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Council Tax exemptions and discounts - unoccupied properties

Unoccupied property

If no one is living in the property and there is no furniture you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill by 100% for up to 6 months.

If the property has already been exempt for the maximum 6 month period and there is still no one living in it and no furniture you may be able to reduce your Council Tax by 50% for up to another 6 months. This will not reduce your water and waste water charges. 

If the property is unoccupied and has been for sale for more than a year you may be able to reduce your Council Tax charge by 10%. This will not reduce your water and waste water charges.

If the property is unoccupied but furnished, you may be able to reduce your Council Tax by 10%.

If you are/were living outside South Lanarkshire for the period the property is/was unoccupied, you will need to provide proof with your application. You can attach a scan of your proof to our online form. This could be a copy of your Council Tax bill for this address or a letter from the person you are/were living with, confirming this.

Second home discount

If the property is furnished but only occupied for short periods throughout the year (at least 25 days), you may be able to reduce your Council Tax charge by 10%. This will not reduce your water and waste water charges.