Discounts, exemptions and support
Single person's discount
Your council tax bill is based on at least two adults living in a property. If only one adult lives in the property, the council tax is reduced by 25 per cent.
Empty property discount
Empty, unfurnished properties get a discount for up to three months, then you have to pay the full amount. Properties which remain empty and unfurnished for two years will be charged an additional 50 percent empty property premium.
Properties requiring or undergoing structural alterations or repairs
Properties that require or are undergoing structural alterations or major repairs are eligible for a discount of 50 percent.
Pension aged customers
There are no reductions for pensioners unless you receive council tax support.
People on council tax support
If you are of working age and get Council Tax Support, you have to pay at least 25 percent of your council tax bill. Pension aged customers who get council tax support aren’t affected.
Discounts for people who aren't counted
Certain people aren't counted when working out the number of adults who live in your home, therefore your bill could be reduced. For example, full time students, apprentices, carers and severely mentally impaired.
Reductions for disabilities
If there is a room or other extra space in your property that is needed by a disabled person, you may get a reduction in your council tax. The reduction works out as being the next level down in the council tax band.
Second homes discount
There is no reduction for second homes.
Some properties may be exempt from council tax or exempt for up to six months and are listed below:
- lived in only by full-time students
- lived in only by people below the age of 18
- lived in only by people who are severely mentally impaired
- a property which forms part of a single property including at least one other property and is occupied by a dependent relative
- owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)
- left empty by someone who is now in prison
- left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care in a hospital or a home
- repossessed properties (in possession of the mortgage company)
- waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted (and for up to six months after)
- the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
- empty because the law has said it must not be lived in
- waiting to be lived in by a minister of religion
- left empty by students who live elsewhere to carry out their course
- unable to be let separately because they are part of a main property or there is a planning restriction