Council Tax Exemptions
An empty property may be exempt from council tax
- the occupier is now a permanent resident in a hospital or
- the occupier has gone to prison
- it is being held for a minister of religion as a residence from
which to perform his duties.
- the occupier has moved to receive personal care.
- occupation is prohibited by law.
- the liable person/owner has died and the property forms part of
the estate of the deceased person and the personal representative
is waiting for grant of probate or letters of administration, or
less than six months have elapsed since such a grant was made.
- the occupier has moved to provide personal care to another
- the property has been repossessed by a mortgagee.
- the property has been left unoccupied by students.
- the property is the responsibility of a bankrupt's trustee
- it is unoccupied for up to six months and is owned by a
- it is an unoccupied annexe and cannot be let seperately within
the meaning of the Town and County Planning Act 1990(d).
- An unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring.
Occupied properties that may be exempt from council tax
- A hall of residence provided predominantly for students.
- A dwelling either wholly occupied by students, school or
college leavers or by certain spouses or dependants of students as
term time accommodation.
- UK armed forces barracks, married quarters and accommodation
for visiting forces.
- Visiting forces accommodation.
- A home occupied only by a person or persons aged under 18.
- A home only occupied by a severely mentally impaired person or
- A home where at least one liable person is entitled to
diplomatic privileges or immunities.
- Granny annexes.
This information is a brief guide to
Council Tax exemptions. It does not contain the complete legal
requirement for each type of exemption.
Please remember, while you are waiting for the
outcome of an application, you must continue to pay your
current bill. If this causes any problem, please contact
Exemptions are periodically reviewed. We may
ask you to provide information that helps us to do this. Failing to
supply this information could mean any entitlement is
Whenever possible any reduction to which we
believe you are entitled will be shown on your bill for the period
stated. If your circumstances have changed or change in the future
so that you are no longer entitled to the reduction shown on your
bill, you are required by law to notify the council within 21 days.
South Staffordshire District Council may impose a penalty of £70 if
you fail to notify them of such changes.
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