If your property in Eastbourne is empty and unfurnished, you may receive a 100% discount (which means you have no Council Tax to pay) for up to one calendar month. The discount relates to the property (not the liable party) so it may not be available if the property has been empty for some time.
When the discount expires, full Council Tax will be charged for an empty property. The discount does not become available again until the property has been reoccupied for a period of at least six weeks.
Following a public consultation, Lewes Full Council have agreed a proposal to stop granting a 100% Council Tax discount when a property is left empty and unfurnished. The change will come into effect from 1 April 2020.
The Council Tax charge will increase to 150% for properties that have been empty and unfurnished for two or more years. This is called the long term empty property premium. The aim of the premium is to reduce the number of long term empty properties in our area, providing more homes for local people.
If you would like to apply for a discount, please contact us