In certain circumstances you may be exempt from paying Council Tax when a property is unoccupied and has insufficient furnishings to enable someone to live in the property (unfurnished).
In some cases a property can be occupied and an exemption will still apply.
The resident has died and the liability to pay the bill falls solely on the deceased estate. The property is exempt until probate is granted or letters of administration are obtained and for up to 6 months after this. Can be furnished or unfurnished
Repossessed by a mortgage lender will be exempt
Former resident (owner or *tenant) is in a hospital or home receiving care. This must have been the case since the property became unoccupied. *When the tenancy ends this exemption ends. Can be furnished or unfurnished
The owner has moved in order to provide personal care to another person will be exempt. Can be furnished or unfurnished
Occupation is forbidden by law, or which are kept unoccupied because of impending compulsory purchase
Former resident (owner or *tenant) is in prison, except in cases where the resident is detained for non-payment of fines. This must have been the case since the property became unoccupied. *When the tenancy ends this exemption ends. Can be furnished or unfurnished
The owner is a student and living elsewhere to study. The property must have been their former main residence. Can be furnished or unfurnished
Vicarages and similar properties awaiting occupation by ministers of religion, from where they will perform their duties. Can be furnished or unfurnished
Owned by a charity can be exempt for up to 6 months. Can be furnished or unfurnished
The person who would be liable is a trustee in bankruptcy
Empty caravan pitches and boat moorings
Property forming part of another property which cannot be let separately
If you own or live in a property, which you think may be exempt, or if you require more information on exempt properties please contact us.