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Council Tax

Vacant and Unfurnished and Newly Completed Properties

No discount is offered for vacant and unfurnished and newly completed properties.

It is Mid Sussex District Council's policy to charge on all empty properties, with a premium on properties that have been empty for a period of 2 years, increasing once the property is empty for 5 years or more and increasing further once the property has been empty for 10 years or more.

Unless an exemption applies, the Council will charge on all properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished, therefore, the following charges apply:

  • 100% - empty for less than 2 years
  • 200% - empty for 2 years or more
  • 300% - empty for 5 years or more
  • 400% - empty for 10 years or more

The following dwellings will be exempt from the additional premiums:

  1. A dwelling which would be the sole or main residence of a person but which is empty whilst that person resides in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence by reason of their employment i.e. service personnel posted away from home; or
  2. The dwelling which forms part of a single property which includes at least one other dwelling and is being used by a resident of that other dwelling i.e. an annexe