Short term occupation

If there are repeated periods of short-term occupation at a property, the council will require notice of occupation and notice of vacation.

With effect from the 1 April 2024, legislation has changed from 6 weeks to 13 weeks in which a property must be occupied before an empty exemption period can be claimed.

If the 13-week occupation rule is being used on a repeated basis; to comply with regulations it must be established that 'beneficial occupation is taking place'. Furthermore, it must also be established that after the occupation has ceased, that the property has returned to its empty status.

We may send an inspector to confirm occupation and to confirm vacation.

If the council is not informed within a reasonable timescale, it maybe that the occupation period is charged for a longer time and the awarding of an empty exemption to the property, could also be delayed.

To notify us of periods of occupation or vacation, please see our occupation and vacation forms below.

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