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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 Discounts information on the CenSus website or the Exemptions information on the CenSus website.
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 in respect of Council Tax reductions for second homes and empty properties. The Local Government Finance Act 2012 became law on 31st October 2012 and provides the legal framework for the changes described below with effect from 1st April 2013:

  • 'Exemption class C' (properties that are unfurnished and unoccupied for up to six months) has been 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) has been 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. second homes) will be reduced from 10% to 0%.
  • Councils can decide to charge an additional premium of up to 50% for homes that have been empty and unoccupied for two years or more.

The Members (Councillors) of Worthing Borough Council decided that the following Council Tax rules will apply from 1st April 2013:

  • The 100% discount for unoccupied and substantially unfurnished properties (that was 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 100% discount for empty, substantially unfurnished and uninhabitable properties requiring or undergoing major repair work (that was 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, a property that is unoccupied but furnished will be subject to the full Council Tax charge from date that it became unoccupied.
  • Long-term empty (substantially unfurnished) and unoccupied properties will have no Council Tax charge during the first month but thereafter the full Council Tax charge will apply. Additionally, once the property has been empty for two years the Council Tax charge will increase to 150% for each day thereafter.

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Second / holiday homes

The discount for furnished but unoccupied properties (such as second homes or holiday homes) has been discontinued from the 1st April 2013, meaning that the full amount of Council Tax will be payable.

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Unoccupied and 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) has been 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') has been 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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