To be classified as uninhabitable, the following three conditions must be satisfied as of 1 January of the year that the invoice relates to:
1) the property is not lived in,
2) the property is unfurnished, and
3) the property is undergoing (or requires) major work in order to make it habitable.
Please note, a property that is only vacant and unfurnished is still liable for an invoice.
The following are indicators as to what we consider may constitute major work:
- Property undergoing major repairs to remedy structural instability
- Property undergoing substantial structural repairs/alterations, e.g. roof, walls, foundations
- Property issued with a closing order by the Medical Officer of Health
- Water and electricity services are unable to be safely used for an extended period of time (i.e. not just disconnected)
- Property has been completely gutted
- Property undergoing major works across its entirety to eradicate dry/wet rot or damp
- Interiors of property are being re-constructed (e.g. changing from house to flats)
- Property has experienced major fire damage
- Property undergoing major repairs or renovations which render it void of kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping facilities
For the avoidance of any doubt, repairs such as the following are not considered to be significant enough as to render the property uninhabitable:
- Replacing a roof covering
- Fitting new windows
This form is to be used to report that your property is uninhabitable, and to provide evidence for this. Decisions will be made on an individual basis using the information provided in this form. Each section of this form must be completed.
Please note that any dispute must be submitted by the due date stated on the invoice; any disputes received after that date will not be considered.