The Government made changes in April 2013 to the rules around council tax discounts for empty properties. The change allowed the council to vary the council tax charge after a property has been empty for 12 months. These rules have been set to help tackle property shortages across the country.
Fife Council implemented these changes from 1st April 2014. This means if you are an owner of a property which has been empty for 12 months or more. The council tax charge for the empty property will increase by 100%.
An exemption will still apply to an empty and unfurnished property. The period will be for up to 6 months from the date it was last occupied. The discount awarded after this period will be 50% for a further 6 months. After 12 months the discount will end and the charge will increase to 200%.
If the circumstances of your property change please tell us online using the contact at the bottom of this page.
If you give false information or fail to report a discount that has been awarded in error then you may have to pay a fine of £500.
There are various options for you to consider with an empty property such as:
- letting it out;
- living in it yourself; or
- selling the property.
How to apply
Apply for discounts or exemptions by using an online council tax account.
If you do not manage your account online, you can complete this form. Back To Top