Council Tax information

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Long-term empty property premium charges

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.

Council Tax refunds

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.

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