Single Person Discount
The full Council Tax assumes that there are two or more adults living in a property. If only one adult lives in a property (as their main home), the Council Tax bill will be reduced by a quarter (25%)
Discounts for Occupied Properties (disregarded persons)
When looking at the number of adults living in a property certain people will not be counted if they meet certain conditions, these include:
- full time students, student nurses, apprentices and Youth Training trainees
- patients who permanently reside in hospital
- people who are being looked after in care homes
- people who are severely mentally impaired
- people staying in certain hostels or night shelters
- 18 and 19 year olds who are at, or who have just left school
- care workers working for low pay (usually for charities)
- carers looking after someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18
- members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
- members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
- people in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax)
Discounts for Second Homes
Properties that are unoccupied and furnished will receive a 10% discount.
Discounts for Unoccupied Properties
A discount of 100% can be applied in respect of empty and unfurnished properties (including those undergoing major repairs to make them habitable). This discount can apply for a maximum period of one month and is irrespective of ownership. A minimum occupation period of 12 weeks is required between discount awards.
Note - If purchasing a property that was empty prior to purchase, it is advisable to check whether any relevant discount has already been applied or whether a long term empty premium may apply.
Discounts for Disabled Persons
Disabled person discount - discounts are also allowed where properties meet the needs of a disabled person.
To apply for a Council Tax discount please email SBDCCtax.firstname.lastname@example.org