Council Tax FAQs – Telling us that someone has died

I pay the council tax but someone who lived with me has died.

If someone that you lived with has died and now you are the only adult resident in a property, you can claim a 25% reduction in your council tax charge. If you think that you might be entitled to this discount you can claim complete  our  single discount form  and send it to us.

Alternatively you can phone us and we will go through the application with you.

Under the circumstances you may prefer to speak to someone and we would be happy to help. But you will need the council tax account reference with you when you speak to us. We understand that in these circumstances it may not be easy to find the account reference. But if you don’t have it we might have to ask you to confirm the situation to us in writing, or complete an application form and send it to us.

I need to tell you that a council tax payer has died

If someone who paid council tax 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 months afterwards. The exemption will end earlier if the property is sold, transferred to a new owner, or let.

If you think that you might be entitled to this exemption please print a Council Tax empty property form  and send it to us. Alternatively you can phone us and we will go through the application with you.

Under the circumstances you may prefer to speak to someone and we would be happy to help. But you will need the council tax account reference with you when you speak to us. We understand that in these circumstances it may not be easy to find the account reference. But if you don’t have it we might have to ask you to confirm the situation to us in writing, or complete an application form and send it to us.