You may be eligible to pay less Council Tax if:
- only one adult lives in the property
- people who are disregarded from Council Tax liability are living in the property
- people with disabilities have had alterations made to the property to meet their needs
- the property is an annex of another property
- you live in the property as a condition of employment.
Apply for and find out more about:
- single person discounts
- student discounts and exemptions
- other Council Tax discounts and exemptions.
Who doesn’t count as an adult?
- children under 18
- people on some apprentice schemes
- 18 and 19-year-olds in full-time education
- full-time college and university students
- young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
- student nurses
- foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
- people with a severe mental impairment
- live-in carers who look after someone who isn’t their partner, spouse, or child under 18
From 1 April 2019 any property that has been empty for more than two years will be charged a 100 per cent premium council tax rate meaning you will pay double the amount.
Someone has died
There are two main rules regarding council tax on the owned or rented property of someone who has died:
If there is only one adult occupier left at the property a 25 per cent discount can be claimed.
If the property is unoccupied and was owned by the deceased, it will be exempt from charges until probate is granted and for up to six months after that date if it remains unoccupied. After the six months, the deceased's estate has to pay the full council tax charge.
If you are dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, please contact us with the following information as soon as you can:
- the full name and address of the deceased person
- the exact date of death
- the full name, address and phone number of the executors or solicitors dealing with the person's estate
- the full names of anyone that still lives at the address
- confirmation of whether the property is unoccupied after the person's death, and, if this is the case, whether they owned or rented it
- if the person rented the property, please confirm the full name and address of the owner or managing agent, whether it was let on a furnished or unfurnished basis, and the exact date the tenancy for the property will end.
Although we do review the circumstances of unoccupied properties, you can help us keep our records up to date by:
- confirming the exact date that probate is granted
- the sale details when they become known, including the exact date of sale
- the names of the purchasers and their current address if you know it.
We will then change our records, and send any refund or final bill to the executors of the estate.