Council tax 10% discount application - unoccupied dwelling

Under The Council Tax (Variation for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI2013/45) an "unoccupied dwelling" is a dwelling which is no one's sole or main residence, but which is not a second home. A second home is a dwelling which is no one’s sole or main residence, but which is furnished and lived in for 25 days or more during the previous 12 months.

The 10% Unoccupied Discount applies for 12 months from the date of last occupation. Once a dwelling has been unoccupied for over 12 months, the 10% discount is available for a further 12 months only if the property is being actively marketed for sale or let at appropriate conditions. You will need to apply for this at the relevant time. You can do this online at the council website www.argyll-bute.gov.uk or by phoning 01546 605511. If your property is not being actively marketed for sale or let, it will be liable for double council tax once it has been unoccupied for over 12 months.

Irrespective of marketing activity, once a property is unoccupied for over 2 years, it will be liable for double council tax. The council’s empty homes officer may be able to assist you to bring your property back into use. You can contact them on 01369 708672.

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(Please attach copy of Council Tax Notice for your main place of residence is outwith Argyll & Bute)
Please include a Council Tax Notice for your current property if it is outside Argyll and Bute
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I declare that the information on this form is true and complete and I authorise Argyll & Bute Council to verify the details. If discount status no longer applies to this property, I undertake to notify Argyll & Bute Council within 21 days of this occurring. I understand that failure to provide this information is an offence which may make me liable for an initial fine of £50 and £200 for each subsequent offence.

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