If you are on a low income you may qualify for Council Tax Support after 1st April 2013. Find out more.
Your full Council Tax bill is based on at least two adults living in a property. If only one adult lives in the property (as their main home), the Council Tax is reduced by 25 per cent. If the dwelling isn't your main home, then a discount may also apply.
From 1 April 2013 no reduction is given on second homes.
Properties that are empty but still furnished are entitled to a 20% discount.
Certain people aren't counted when working out the number of adults who live in your home, therefore your bill will be reduced. For example, full time students, student nurses and severe mentally impaire..
Find out more about discounts for people who aren't counted for Council Tax in sections 10 to 13 of the leaflet Council Tax - a guide to your bill.
From 1 April 2013 there is a new discount class for properties that require or are undergoing structural alterations or major repairs. Properties that fall into this class will receive a 20% discount for 12 months.
If there is a room or other extra space in your property that is needed by a disabled occupant, the disabled band reduction scheme may help you to get a reduction in your Council Tax. The reduction works out as being the next level down in the Council Tax band.
Find out more about the disabled band reduction scheme in the leaflet Council Tax - a guide to your bill.
Some dwellings may be exempt from council tax or exempt for up to six months, depending on the reason they are empty or the special circumstances of the people who live in them.
The types of occupied properties that are exempt and the circumstances of the people who live in them are listed below. Types of empty properties that can be exempted are listed too.
You can also check the details of what sort of properties are exempt in sections 14 to 17 of the leaflet Council Tax - a guide to your bill.
Dwellings which require or are undergoing structural alterations or major repairs are no longer exempt. Please see discounts section above for details of the new discount class.
Properties that have been empty for more than two years must pay an extra 50% on top of the full Council Tax.
If you think you are eligible for any of the above discounts and exemptions, please contact us.