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Long Term Empty Properties

From April 2013 the Government made changes to the rules around council tax discounts for empty properties.

The change allows 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 the changes from 1st April 2014 and it will mean that 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 for up to 6 months from the date it was last occupied.  After this a 50% discount will be awarded 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 or telephone us on 03451 55 11 55.

If you deliberately give false information or fail to report a discount has been awarded incorrectly you may have to pay a fine of £500.

There are various options for your empty property including letting it out, living in it yourself or selling.  If you would like more information on what you could do with your empty property and the help available, please email the Empty Homes officer at emptyhomes@fife.gov.uk .

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