You may be entitled to a 25 per cent reduction in your council tax bill if you are the only person (aged 18 or over) living in a property.
If you set up an account and register for council tax, you will be able to apply online for the discount, view the discount details and see how it changes your council tax instalments.
Alternatively you can apply for the discount using our online form, sole occupier discount form or contact us and give the date you became the only resident. You may need to send us proof of the new address of anyone who used to live with you. If we are satisfied that you qualify for a discount, we will send you a revised bill. From time to time we send review forms to check the discount still applies.
What happens if someone else over 18 moves into the property?
Please contact us straight away as this may affect the discount.
What happens if you falsely claim the discount?
This is a criminal offence and you may be liable to pay a penalty.
We work out council tax by assuming that at least two adults are living in the property. Fifty per cent of the council tax is for the property and 50 per cent is for the people who live there. We do not count some people (disregarded categories) when we work out how many adults live in the property. This may allow you to receive a discount even if you do not live alone.
These disregarded categories are:
If there is only one person over 18 living in the property who gets counted, the person who pays the bill may be entitled to a discount of 25 per cent (see above).
You may be entitled to a 50 per cent discount if the property is not exempt and all adults (over 18) are disregarded.
If an adult or a child in your household needs more space or a room to meet special needs because of their disability, you may be entitled to a reduction in your council tax.
The government’s Valuation Office Agency has put homes in one of eight valuation bands, from A to H. If you are entitled to this reduction we will work out your bill using the band below the current band of your property. For example, if your home is in band D, we will work out your bill using band C. For band A properties, we will reduce the council tax by one ninth of the band D amount.
We will reduce the council tax if a physically disabled person needs at least one of the following:
If you think you or someone you know may be entitled to this reduction you can apply using this form:
Or contact us to ask us to send one to you.
Once we receive your completed form, we may contact you to arrange for someone from the council to visit your property. We may also contact your doctor, occupational therapist or social worker.
We will let you know our decision within 15 working days.
No, your income does not affect this reduction but we will need to confirm each year that your circumstances haven’t changed.
Every householder or tenant normally has to pay council tax. Full-time students may be entitled to a discount or if the property is occupied only by full-time students it may be exempt.
A property that just full-time students live in is exempt from paying any council tax. Individual students are not exempt.
A 25 per cent discount may be given if all the residents except one are full-time students (for example, in a property that is jointly occupied by four people and three are full-time students). We do not count people as students if they are between courses of full-time education.
The person who has to pay the council tax (their name will appear on the bill) must fill in the form below.
You must return the completed form with a council tax student certificate from the university or college for each student resident in the property. Council tax student certificates are only given to full-time students who are enrolled for one whole year and are studying for more than 21 hours a week.
Some properties are exempt from council tax. The different classes of exemption are listed below. Empty homes that are not exempt and remain empty for more than 2 years will attract empty homes premium.
Properties occupied by:
Unoccupied properties that:
A pitch or mooring that doesn’t have a caravan or boat on it is also exempt.
If you feel you are entitled to an exemption, please contact us.
The Local Government Finance Act 1992 allows us to increase the council tax on dwellings that have been empty (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) for more than two years to 150 per cent of the normal charge.
Two classes of dwellings are exempt from the premium:
If you want to object to the increased charge you have three options: