Council Tax discounts
If you are the only adult living in a property you can get a 25% discount.
You must tell us of any change of circumstances that affects your entitlement. If you don't, you may be required to pay a penalty.
When working out how many people live in a property, some people are not counted. These are called disregarded people.
If any of the following people live in your home they may be disregarded and you may get a 25% discount. Click on the any link that applies to get a Confirmation of Status form :
- full-time students/student nurses
- youth training trainees
- people who are severely mentally impaired
- people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, a partner, or child under 18
- people who are in detention or are detained in hospital
Changes to empty property discount
A discount of 10% currently applies to empty properties and 2nd homes, the exception being purpose built holiday homes and job related properties, where a 50% discount applies.
A 50% discount applies for a maximum of 6 months to empty and unfurnished properties,(this is applicable from the date the maximum period of 6 months exemption ends). This will continue to apply from 1 April 2017.
From 1 April 2013, new legislation allows us to charge a levy of up to 100% on long term empty properties. An increase in Council Tax liability can only be applied to an unoccupied property, which has been unoccupied for a continuous period exceeding twelve months and is not actively being marketed for sale or let.
If, however, an unoccupied property is being actively marketed for sale or let an increase in Council Tax liability of 100% can only be applied when the property has been unoccupied for two years or more.
Remember: If you are granted a discount and the circumstances that led to that discount alter, you must advise us.