Avoid invalidating your home or unoccupied property insurance by protecting your empty home from damage, crime and vandalism.
Preparing the house to stay secure and standing while you’re away is called ‘mothballing’.
Always tell your insurer before you leave the property, so it can rearrange your cover to suit the duration.
When vacant, the house is at risk of deterioration, break ins, theft and vandalism - some basic security and maintenance measures mean you're less likely to need to make a claim.
If you do all you can to make your empty home secure and safe, your home insurance or unoccupied property insurance could be cheaper as a result.
Reduced council tax
Contact the local authority to find out how much council tax you need to pay
Your council might offer a reduced rate during periods of unoccupancy, or an exemption while the property’s occupied, but some will expect you to pay the full rate
What you pay may also depend on whether the house is furnished or not. For more details, and to find out your own local council's rules, read the Gov’s guide to second or empty homes