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Empty Homes Review

You may have recently received a review letter about the occupancy status of your property. In support of the Government's initiative to tackle the shortfall in national housing, South Ribble Borough Council is currently undertaking a review of empty Council Tax properties.

Please follow the link below to update the property records for your address. The review is being managed on behalf of the council by Capacitygrid.  Capacitygrid's contact details are on your review letter.

Completing the review

It will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and you will need the passcode numbers on your review letter.

Complete the empty homes review 

Lost your review letter

Please telephone Capacitygrid on 03003 032076. Lines are open between 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Empty Property Council Tax charges

Council Tax will be charged at the full rate on all long-term empty properties. 

In certain circumstances, some dwellings will not be classed as long-term empty dwellings. The majority of these exemptions are determined by Central Government and Legislation.


Exempt Class

Type of Property

Period of Exemption

Class of property after prescribed period

A (Former)Property in need or undergoing major repairs12 monthsLong term empty
BUnoccupied, owned by a charity6 monthsLong term empty
C (Former)Empty and unfurnished for up to six months6 monthsLong term empty
DEmpty due to a person being in prisonIndefiniteNot applicable
EEmpty due to a person having gone to live in a care homeIndefiniteNot applicable
FCouncil tax payer deceased6 months from Grant of probateLong term empty
GOccupation prohibited by lawIndefiniteNot applicable
KDwelling left empty by a studentIndefiniteNot applicable
LUnoccupied dwelling where a mortgage is in possessionIndefiniteNot applicable
RCaravan pitches and boat mooringsIndefiniteNot applicable
WDependent relativeIndefiniteNot applicable
HUnoccupied dwelling held for a Minister of religionIndefiniteNot applicable
IPerson living elsewhere to receive personal careIndefiniteNot applicable
JDwelling left empty by a person providing personal careIndefiniteNot applicable
QDwelling left empty by a bankruptIndefiniteNot applicable


Empty Property Premium

If your property has been empty and unfurnished (long-term empty) for a period longer than two years, Council Tax will be charged as per the table below.

Effective dateEmpty periodPremiumTotal Charge
1 April 20202-5 years100%200%
 5 years +200%300%
1 April 202110 years +300%400%


The following types of property are excluded from these provisions:

  • A dwelling that is the sole or main residence of a member of the armed forces who is absent due to service
  • An annexe treated as part of the main dwelling

Please note: The premium charge also does not apply if your property falls into one of the above exempt classes.

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