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Cardiff Council

Unoccupied properties

There is an exemption from the charge for up to six months for properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished and this is followed by the full charge after the exemption has finished. 

Where a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than a year the charge will then increase to 150% (this includes a 50% premium charge).

Certain properties are excluded from the 50% premium charge. 

They are:
  • Properties marketed for sale or let – this is time limited to one year
  • Annexes forming part of a main property
  • Property which would be someone’s residence if they were not residing in armed forces accommodation.

To be classed as substantially unfurnished there cannot be any furniture or furnishings at the property other than carpets, curtains and items that are fixtures. 

In order to grant this exemption, we may need to arrange a visit to your property. We can also request to inspect the property at any time after the exemption has been granted.

The period of the exemption begins from the date that furniture is removed from the unoccupied property regardless of any changes in liability or ownership.

Unoccupied and substantially furnished properties and second homes

There is no discount for unoccupied and substantially furnished properties or second homes unless one of the following applies:
  • it is a pitch occupied by a caravan or mooring occupied by a boat;
  • the liable person is also the liable person at another property which is job related, for example a publican;
  • where the liable person is a member of the armed forces and another home is provided for them by the Ministry of Defence;
  • the liable person has passed away and either no grant of probate has been made or less than 12 months have passed since the grant was made.