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Second homes

From 1st April 2024, the council will use new discretionary powers to increase the Council Tax charge on second homes to 200%. This will increase funding to deliver key services and improve housing availability.

A 'second home' is a furnished home which is no one’s sole or main residence. The person liable to pay Council Tax needs to provide evidence that it's occupied for at least 25 days during any period of 12 months.

If your property is used for one of the following reasons you may be entitled to discount:

  • Purpose-built holiday home where charged council tax, e,g, used for holiday purposes but has to be vacated at certain times
  • Tied accommodation - property is provided by your employer and part of your contract of employment

If you need more information about the above, please Get in touch with the Council Tax team