Properties that have been unoccupied for 12 months or more will be subject to a charge of 200%. There will be no addition to the Water Charges.

Please be advised you may still be eligible for a discount if any of the following situations apply:

  • 10% discount may still apply if the property is actively being marketed for sale or rent for up to 24 months after the last occupation date, or from the date the property was entered on the valuation list (new properties).
  • 50% job-related discount may apply where you have two homes because your employer has provided work-related accommodation to allow you to carry out your job.
  • 50% discount may apply if the property is empty and is undergoing major repairs and it is less than 6 months since you bought it.

The Scottish Government changed the rules to allow the additional charge to encourage owners to return empty properties back into use as quickly as possible. The Empty Homes Officer can provide help and advice to find the best way to bring empty properties back into use.

See Discounts for any other appropriate discount that may be due.

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