Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Empty Homes Premium

What is the Empty Homes Premium?

From 1 April 2013, a long-term empty property premium of 150% has been payable for properties continually vacant for over 2 years.

If your property is vacant as at 1 April 2013, any period it was unoccupied prior to 1 April 2013 will be taken into consideration.

By adopting the Empty Homes Premium, the council can encourage the use of empty property to address the issue of the availability of homes within the town, whilst at the same time protecting vital services and limiting Council Tax rises throughout the borough with the revenue raised.

Exceptions

There are two exceptions to this premium:

  • Where the property is left empty by a serving member of the armed forces, who is living elsewhere in accommodation provided by the Secretary of State for Defence

or

Where the property is the sole or main residence of a serving member of the armed forces, who is subject to a job related discount at an alternative address provided by the Secretary of State for Defence.

  • Empty annexes

For further guidance regarding these exceptions, or to apply, please e-mail revenueservices@northampton.gov.uk.