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Adur District residents: The Council Tax service for Adur District Council is provided by the CenSus Partnership Website, please refer to the Exemptions information for empty homes in Adur.
Worthing Borough residents: please refer to the information below 

Empty properties and second homes

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Changes to the law from 1st April 2013

On 28th May 2012, the government confirmed its intention to give Councils greater discretion over council tax reliefs for second homes and empty properties. The Local Government Finance Act 2012 became law on 31st October 2012 and this provides the legal framework for the changes detailed below.

The government has announced the following changes to council tax discounts and exemptions that will come into force from 1st April 2013:

  • 'Exemption class C' (properties that are unfurnished and unoccupied for up to six months) will be replaced and each council can decide whether to award a local discount in its place.
  • 'Exemption class A' (properties requiring or undergoing major repairs for up to 12 months) will be replaced and each council can decide whether to award a local discount in its place.
  • The minimum discount that councils can give for furnished homes that are no-one's 'sole or main residence' - i.e. 2nd homes, will be reduced from 10% to 0%.
  • Councils can decide to charge an additional premium of up to 50% on homes that have been empty and unoccupied for two years or more.

Worthing Borough Council has decided that the following council tax rules will apply from 1st April 2013:

  • The full 100% discount for unoccupied and substantially unfurnished properties, previously known as a 'Class C exemption' and granted for a maximum period of 6 months, shall be replaced by a 100% discount for a maximum period of one month only.
  • The full 100% discount for empty, substantially unfurnished and uninhabitable properties requiring or undergoing major repair work, previously known as a 'Class A exemption', shall be replaced by a 100% discount for a maximum period of three months only and 0% thereafter.
  • The 10% discount for all second homes shall be abolished. Therefore furnished but not being lived in properties will be liable for the full charge from date of vacation.
  • Long term empty (substantially unfurnished) and unoccupied properties will have no charge in the first month and then 100 per cent council tax until the property has been empty for two years, then 150 per cent council tax each day thereafter.

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Second / holiday homes

The discount for furnished but not lived in properties such as second homes or holiday homes has been removed from the 1st April 2013, meaning that the full amount of council tax will be payable.

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Unoccupied unfurnished properties

The full 100% discount for unoccupied and substantially unfurnished properties, previously known as a 'Class C exemption' and granted for a maximum period of six months, shall be replaced by a 100% discount for a maximum period of one month only.

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Uninhabitable properties or properties undergoing repair/alteration

The full 100% discount for empty, substantially unfurnished and uninhabitable properties requiring or undergoing major repair work, previously known as a 'Class A exemption', shall be replaced by a 100% discount for a maximum period of three months only and 0% thereafter.

Following an application being received by the Council, we will arrange an appointment to visit the property unless the works have been completed.

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