Renfrewshire Council

Unoccupied Property

The people who live in a property are usually responsible for paying Council Tax. If the property is empty, the owner or tenant must pay the Council Tax even though they don't live there.

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties will not have to pay any Council Tax for the first six months. After this six month exemption period you will be entitled to 10% discount on your Council Tax for six months. A 100% additional Council Tax levy (200% charge) will then be payable for as long as the property remains empty.

You may be able to extend the 10% Council Tax discount phase by up to a further 12 months if you can provide evidence that your property is being actively marketed for sale or let. Awards of exemption and discounts are not automatic and must be applied for.

Please note properties already in receipt of unoccupied and unfurnished exemption or discount at 15 July 2016 may find themselves immediately affected by this change. In addition, the unoccupied and unfurnished period is considered continuous regardless of any changes in tenancy or ownership.

With the exception of the initial six month exemption period you will have to pay full water and sewerage charges.

How to apply

Please complete the 'apply for Council Tax discount or exemption' form via our self serve option 'MyAccount'.