A discount of 25% is available for up to 12 months, if a property is:
The 25% discount is a fixed rate set by the Council.
What can be treated as major repairs?
This is not defined by law. However, the Council can consider:
The following types of repairs are included:
The uninhabitable discount is not intended to cover situations where a property has outdated features, fittings and fixtures.
Replacement, refurbishment or modernisation of the following would be unlikely to lead to a discount. However, if the property was in severe disrepair, then, as part of a combination of works, they may be considered as major repairs:
Minor repairs and/or redecoration will not count. Quite often refurbishment works are carried out whilst a property is still lived in. It is important for landlords or those intending to let property to note this. Although you may think that ‘uninhabitable’ means ‘unfit to let’, the condition of the property may be acceptable to an owner occupier.
How long does the discount last?
The discount period lasts for a maximum of 12 months and starts from when the property became uninhabitable, and
The property must remain unoccupied AND substantially unfurnished throughout the discount period.
Only one 12 month discount can be awarded while the property is being repaired/undergoing structural alteration, even if the property is sold to a new owner.
Only after the property has been reoccupied, and if a new event were to occur (e.g. a fire or flood), could a further discount be considered.
What is meant by substantially unfurnished?
When there is insufficient furniture in the property so that habitation is not possible. For example, a wardrobe might be acceptable as substantially unfurnished, but a sofa or beds would not.
Evidence of major repairs or structural works
Evidence of repair work required, or being undertaken, needs to be supplied. This includes surveyors’ reports, builder's estimates, grants applications, photos, invoices etc. Our Inspector may need to visit the property. If an appointment is necessary, they will contact you.
To make a request for an uninhabitable discount please complete the online form.