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Second/holiday home

Find out about applying for a council tax discount on a second home or holiday home.

There are no discounts for second or holiday homes; you will have to pay a full charge.

From 1 April 2019 if a second or holiday home has the furniture removed there is no reduction awarded. 

A 50 percent discount may be awarded if:

  • The council tax payer, lives in job-related accommodation because of the terms and conditions of their employment, this does not apply to a second home that is lived in because it is convenient for work
  • The second home is a pitch occupied by a caravan, or a mooring occupied by a boat

Holiday properties in England may be subject to pay business rates rather than council tax. You can get more information from the Valuation Office's Holiday Cottages Guide.