Currently when a property has been empty for two years or more, a premium of 50% is applied to the council tax bill. From 1st April 2019 this will increase to 100%.
Since 1st April 2013 local authorities in England have had the discretion to charge a premium of up to 50% on ‘long-term empty dwellings’. These are homes that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for at least two years. From 1st April 2019 this will increase to 100%. The premium is in addition to the usual council tax charge that applies to the property.
This is an incentive for owners of empty homes to bring them back into use.
You do not need to do anything, the premium will be applied to the 2019-20 bills.