A discount of 10% is available for up to 12 months, if a property is unoccupied, substantially unfurnished; and requires or is undergoing major repairs (including structural alteration) to make it suitable to live in. The 10% discount is a fixed rate set by the Council.
What can be treated as major repairs?
This is not defined by law but the Council can consider the cost and extent of works required to make the property habitable, the time those works would take and any other obvious features of the works. 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The uninhabitable discount is not intended to cover situations where a property has outdated features, fittings and fixtures.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, unless the property was in severe disrepair, then, as part of a combination of works, they may be considered as major:
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 that although you may think of ‘uninhabitable’ as meaning ‘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 from when the property became uninhabitable and in need of major repair or the structural alterations began, providing the property remains:
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 re-occupied, and if a new event were to occur, such as 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. For example, surveyors reports, builders estimates, grants applications, photos, invoices etc. Our inspector may need to visit the property. If an appointment is necessary they will contact you.
Making an application
You can make your request for an uninhabitable discount online: