Properties undergoing major repairs and structural alterations

A 50% discount (for up to 12 months) can apply where the property is undergoing major repair work or structural alterations.

Major repair work

This is not intended to cover situations where a property has outdated features, fittings and fixtures.

Replacement, refurbishment or modernisation of, for example, kitchen, bathrooms, toilets, installation of replacement windows, central heating, rewiring, re-plastering, would not lead to a discount because these are not major repairs.

Minor repairs will not qualify for a discount. Quite often refurbishment works are carried out whilst a property is still lived in.

Many vacant properties have work done prior to the occupier moving in. This is desirable or cosmetic work rather than essential major repair work.

It is important for landlords or those intending to let property to note that although they may think of ‘uninhabitable’ as meaning ‘unfit to let’, the condition of the property may be acceptable to an owner occupier.

It is essential that the Council’s inspector can see the repairs that are needed before they are started or at least before they are completed.

Substantial supporting evidence such as a qualified surveyors report may also be required.

The Council can consider the cost and extent of the works required to make the property habitable, the time those works would take, and any other obvious features of the works.

Structural alterations

Examples include:

  • Major underpinning
  • Total replacement of floors, including new joists/timbers
  • Total replacement of ceilings or roof including new joists/timbers
  • Damp proof membrane
  • Total re-plastering (back to brickwork) of the entire walls of the majority of the property.

You must tell us promptly if the work is structural or major because we may need to visit the property.

If you think that your property may qualify for a discount on these grounds please use the online forms below to notify us of the full details of the work that is being done. Please include a daytime telephone number so that we can contact you to arrange an inspection if necessary.

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