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If you share a public space such as bathrooms, kitchen or toilet with other residents in a rented accommodation and you're receiving housing support, you may be exempt from paying council tax.
If you're a student and live alone or share the rent with other students, you may be exempt from paying council tax.
If you're a student, but are sharing with someone who is not a student, you may be eligible for council tax reduction.
Students living in halls of residence are exempt from paying council tax.
If you or someone you live with are severely mentally impaired, you may be exempt from paying council tax. To claim council tax exemption, contact your local council to get a form for your doctor to sign.
Short term empty and unfurnished homes
If your property's unoccupied, your local council may give a discount for a limited amount of time if you can prove:
you're in the process of renovating
it's for sale or rent
A previous owner or occupier's use of the property may affect how much discount you get and for how long.
Long term empty and unfurnished homes
If your property has been unoccupied for more than 12 months, your council has the option to charge double the normal rate of council tax. This is called a surcharge.
Councils have discretion to either:
grant no discount for empty homes
increase the council tax by 100% for certain properties which have been empty for 1 year or more
You may be able to get a discount on your council tax bill if you own a second home or a purpose built holiday home. This discount does not reduce your water and sewerage charges. Councils have discretion either to grant no discount for second homes, or to grant a discount between 10% and 50%. You should always check with your local council.