Empty properties, uninhabitable properties and second homes

Empty property discount

In Ealing, a 100% discount may be awarded for a maximum period of 14 days from the date a property first becomes unoccupied and unfurnished.

If you have purchased a property that has already been unoccupied and unfurnished for a time you will not be eligible for a new 14 day period of discount. You can only be awarded a discount for any remainder of the initial 14 day period.

Please note that when considering the date on which a property first became empty, any temporary period of occupation of less than six weeks shall be disregarded.

Long-term empty properties

Any property that has been been empty for more than two years will be charged a premium of 100%, which means you pay double the amount of council tax.

Discount for uninhabitable properties requiring major repair or undergoing structural alteration

A discount of 100% may be awarded for a maximum period of 14 days from the date a property first became vacant if it requires major repair to make it habitable or if it is undergoing structural alteration.

The council tax band may be deleted if a property is in severe disrepair or derelict, or is undergoing major structural alterations that make it impossible to live in any part of it. For more information contact the Valuation Office Agency 

How to apply

If you think you may qualify for a discount you can apply by completing the vacant property discount application form

Second homes or unoccupied furnished properties

There is no discount in Ealing for properties that are occupied as second homes (where the owner's main home is elsewhere), or for furnished properties that are not occupied by someone as their main home (such as rented properties between tenancies).