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Properties exempt from council tax
Some property is exempt from council tax altogether. It may be exempt for only a short period, for example, six months, or for a longer time.
Properties which may be exempt are:-
- property which is empty. It has to be unoccupied and substantially unfurnished. The exemption applies for a maximum of six months and the property has to be vacant for the whole of this period
- property which is vacant because it needs major repairs or alterations to make it habitable. The exemption applies for a maximum of 12 months whether the work is actually finished or not by then
- condemned property
- property which has been re-possessed by a mortgage lender
- property unoccupied because the person who lived there now lives else where because they need to be cared for, for example, in hospital (or with relatives)
- property which is unoccupied because the person who lived there has gone to care for someone else
- any property that only students live in. This may be a hall of residence, or a house
- a caravan or boat which is used as a main residence but which is unoccupied. This exemption lasts for up to six months. A holiday caravan or boat is exempt if it’s on a property where council tax is paid
- a property where all the people who live in it are aged under 18
- a property where all the people who live in it are either severely mentally impaired or are students or where there is a mixture of both
- a self-contained ‘granny flat’ where the person who lives in it is a dependent relative of the owner of the main property.