Council Tax information
You will be set an additional amount of Council Tax (a "premium") to be paid if your property has been empty for more than two years (unless it’s an annexe or you’re in the armed forces). The long term empty property premium is set at 50%, meaning that once your property has been empty for more than two years, you will have to pay the whole Council Tax bill, plus half on top again.
These charges were introduced following new powers given to local authorities to set premiums from April 2013. In Brighton & Hove, these charges are set in line with the council's objectives of maximising the accommodation available and reducing the number of long term empty properties in the city.
Any credit or debit left on your previous account will show on your closing bill. If you have moved within the Brighton & Hove area, any credit may have been transferred to your new account. If the credit cannot be transferred, a refund can be requested by contacting us quoting the relevant account number.
We are working hard to deliver the best possible service to you. It is important to us that you receive an efficient and effective service. Here are some facts and figures about how we are achieving this:
- month-by-month collection rates – progress for the current financial year and previous years' performance
- Council Tax & Business Rates customer service standards - the standards we set in delivering our service to you
- Customer Service Excellence Award ~ recognition of our commitment to you