Find out if your property is eligible

Empty properties are liable for 100 per cent of their Council Tax bill. This applies to:

  • an empty and unfurnished property
  • an empty and furnished property
  • a property under or requiring structural repair (you must contact the Valuation Agency Office to remove from the rating lists)
  • a non job related second home.

There are certain empty or unoccupied properties that may be entitled to an exemption.

In addition, if your property has been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, the Royal Borough of Greenwich now charges an additional premium. Since 1 April 2013 this charge was an extra 50 per cent. From 1 April 2019 the extra charge has been increased to 100 per cent. This means that you will be liable for 200 per cent of your Council Tax bill.

The two years is calculated from when the property became empty and unfurnished. This is not affected by changes in ownership.

Please note: There is no right of appeal to the Valuation Tribunal about the Council's decisions relating to empty properties in Greenwich.