Wealden District Council

Council Tax FAQs - Exemptions and reductions for unoccupied properties

This section gives you information about the ways your council tax can be reduced, if your property is empty or unoccupied. It also has links to the forms you can complete, if you want to claim an exemption or discount.

Frequently asked questions about exemptions and reductions for unoccupied properties

Exemption or discount on unoccupied properties

Question:

What exemption or discount is available on unoccupied properties?

Answer:

Until 1st April 2013 if you owned or rented an empty and unfurnished property you could claim an exemption for up to six months. This was called a class C exemption. After six months you would have...

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Discount for a second home

Question:

What if I own or rent a second home?

Answer:

Until 1st April 2013, if you own, or rent two homes, you will pay the full council tax charge on your main home and 90% of the charge on your 2nd home, providing that the 2nd home is furnished and ...

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Exemption or discount for uninhabitable properties or properties in disrepair

Question:

What if my property is unoccupied, because it is uninhabitable, or because I am making structural alterations to it?

Answer:

Until 1st April 2013, properties in disrepair were exempt from council tax for a maximum of 12 months. This was called a class A exemption. If the property was still in disrepair for more than 12 m...

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Exemption for unoccupied properties following a death

Question:

What if a property is unoccupied because the person that lived in it has died?

Answer:

If someone who paid council tax for a property has died and the property is now unoccupied it will be exempt. This exemption will last until probate has been granted and then for a maximum of 6 mon...

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Exemption for an unoccupied annexe

Question:

What if part of my property includes an unoccupied annexe?

Answer:

If you own an annexe that is adjoined to, or within the grounds of your home it could be exempt from council tax if it is unoccupied, and it cannot be sold or let separately from the main house wit...

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Exemption due to repossession

Question:

What if I have moved out because my property is being repossessed?

Answer:

If your property has been repossessed and you have moved out you won’t have to pay any council tax. The bank, building society or mortgage lender will be responsible for the council tax and the pro...

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Exemption for unoccupied properties due to bankruptcy

Question:

What if the property has been left unoccupied by a bankrupt person?

Answer:

If a property has been left unoccupied and the person who would be liable is acting as a trustee in bankruptcy, we can grant an exemption. This applies whether the property is furnished or unfurnis...

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Exemption for unoccupied properties due to moving to receive care

Question:

What if I have had to move from my home to receive care?

Answer:

If you have moved out of your home, because you have moved somewhere else to receive care and your home is now unoccupied, we can give you an exemption.

To qualify you must be receiving car...

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Exemption for unoccupied properties due to moving to provide care

Question:

What if I am providing care for someone and have had to move from my home?

Answer:

If you have moved out of your home so that you can provide care for someone and your home is now unoccupied, you can claim an exemption.

To qualify you must be providing care due to one of ...

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Exemption for properties held for occupation by a minister of religion

Question:

What if the property is unoccupied and could only be occupied by a minister of religion?

Answer:

If an unoccupied property could only be occupied by a minister of religion and he or she will use it as a base to perform their religious duties, we can grant an exemption while it is unoccupied.

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Exemption for unoccupied properties owned by charities

Question:

What if we are a charity that owns an unoccupied property?

Answer:

If you are a registered charity and you own an unoccupied property it can be exempt from council tax for up to six months. The exemption will apply from the date it first became unoccupied. The exe...

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Exemption for unoccupied properties due to law

Question:

What if I am not allowed by law to occupy my property?

Answer:

If a property is unoccupied because there is a law preventing it from being occupied, it will be exempt from council tax.

If you think that you might be entitled to this exemption, please p...

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Exemption for students owning an unoccupied property

Question:

What if I am a student and I own an unoccupied property?

Answer:

If you are a full time student, and you own an unoccupied property, you may be eligible for a council tax exemption. To qualify for this exemption, you must meet the criteria in the list below:

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Exemption for an unoccupied mobile home pitch or boat mooring

Question:

What if I have an unoccupied pitch for a mobile home or mooring for a boat?

Answer:

If you have an empty pitch for a mobile home or mooring for a boat you can claim an exemption. The exemption will start when the pitch or mooring becomes empty and will end when it becomes occupied...

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