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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.

Please note this reduction applies to the property, not to an individual household. This means that if the property has been lying empty or a reduction has been awarded on the property previously, the level and duration of the reduction you are entitled to may be affected.

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

If the address you are/were living at whilst your property is/was unoccupied is outside South Lanarkshire, you will be required to provide proof of this with your online application. This can be a Council Tax bill for this address or a letter from the person you are/were living with.  Please have this ready to upload before you begin your application.

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.