Council Tax Exemptions

Some homes may qualify to be exempt from Council Tax, which means the liable person does not have to pay any Council Tax. This includes properties occupied wholly by:

  • Students
  • People under 18
  • People who are severely mentally impaired.

Other exemptions cover empty homes which are:

1. Unfurnished. We can give an exemption for up to six months starting from the date someone last lived in the property and it was last furnished. 
2. Owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)
3. New homes which have never been lived in and have no furniture. (We can give an exemption for up to six months).
4. Empty agricultural properties.
5. Homes which are not able to be lived in because they are being structurally repaired, improved or rebuilt may qualify for an exemption for up to 12 months from the date the property was last occupied.
6. Left empty by someone who has moved in order to provide personal care to another person
7. Left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care in a hospital or a home or elsewhere
8. Empty having been repossessed by a mortgage lender.
9. Unoccupied “Granny” annexes
10. Homes not lived in which are owned or rented by students who have their only or main home somewhere else.
11. Homes not lived in where the only liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy.

You can apply for an exemption by submitting an online form.

Did you know? From 1 April 2018, young care leavers are entitled to apply for a Council Tax discount or exemption.

New legislation has been passed effective from 1 April 2018 which may allow for a reduction in Council Tax for a young person leaving care.

Who is a Care Leaver?

A care leaver is someone who:

  • Is at least 18 years of age but not year 26 years of age;
  • Was, on their 16th birthday or any subsequent time looked after by a local authority; and is
  • No longer looked after by the local authority

If you meet the criteria above please contact Customer Services on 01382 431205 or discuss with the Through Care and After Care Team on 01382 438632.