Empty Homes Premium
From the 01/04/2013 a property that has been empty for two years will be subject to an empty homes premium of 50%. This means that in addition to the full charge an extra 50% will be payable. The council has introduced this measure to encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into use.
There are two exemptions from the empty homes premium.
The first is that a property is an annexe and is used in conjunction with the occupation of the main property.
The second is that the property would be the sole/main residence of a person, but is empty as that person resides in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence, because of their employment (service personnel posted away from home).
If you think that either of these apply please complete the application under related links. If you qualify for exemption from the empty homes premium you will still have a full (100%) charge to pay.