Changes to council tax payments

Be aware of further changes to council tax payments 



As landlords, you will all be aware that last year in April there were changes to council tax on empty properties.  Traditionally you were given a 6 month exemption when a property was unfurnished & empty before you were liable for council tax.  This has now changed!!



You are now liable to pay for council tax on your property while it’s empty, sometimes from day 1. Below is a reminder of when council tax is liable from the date your property becomes empty.




Council What % Landlords have to Pay
Newcastle 0% For 28 days. Then 90% For 6 Months. Then 100% Thereafter.
Sunderland 75% for Class C (6 Months) 150% For Property Empty over 2 Years

75% For Class A (12Months)

Gateshead 0% For 2 Months. Then 100% Thereafter.
Redcar & Cleveland 100%
Northumberland 100%
Middlesbrough 100%
Stockton on Tees 100%
Durham 100%
South Tyneside 0% for 28 Days For Class C, Then 100% Thereafter.

0% For Class D (Major Structural Exemption)

Hambleton 0% For 28 Days. Then 50% for 5 Months. Then 100% Thereafter.
Darlington 0% For 28 Days. Then 100% Thereafter.

BUT: 150% For Properties Empty for 2 Years or more

North Tyneside 0% For 2 Months. Then 100% Thereafter.

0% For Major Structural Work for 12 Months. Then 100% Thereafter

Hartlepool 0% For 28 Days. Then 100% Thereafter



If you have queries regarding this email or have a property where you’re looking for letting agent.



Do not hesitate to contact us,



Yours sincerely,



Christopher Fitzakerley