The full occupied Council Tax charge is based on a property being occupied by two or more adults.
For Council Tax purposes some people are not counted as living at the property if certain circumstances apply. These people are disregarded.
If there is only one adult living at a property or after we have disregarded people and are left with only one adult, then you will be entitled to a 25% discount. If all occupiers are disregarded then you will be entitled to a 50% discount or possibly an exemption.
Disregarded people include:
Your Council Tax bill will tell you if you are getting a discount.
From 1st April 2015, properties classed as empty and unoccupied will attract a 100% discount for a period of up to 28 calendar days.
This applies from the date the property first becomes empty and unoccupied. If the property remains empty and unoccupied then, on day 29, The liable person(s) are charged Council Tax at 100% of the normal occupied rate.
Your Council Tax can be reduced if a disabled person is living in the property. To get a reduction the property must have:
The reduction will be to charge as if the property was in the next lower valuation band. For example, if the property is actually in band B, we charge the tax as band A. If your property is already in band A, you can still get an equivalent reduction.
You can claim a 25% single person discount using our online form.
For other types of discount we may need you to provide some proof of entitlement so please get in touch with us and we will help you with your claim.
You must tell us about the changes and we will tell you how it affects your discount. For example, if you live alone you must tell us if another adult moves in with you. Please complete our Change of Circumstances form.
If you think that the discount on your bill is wrong, you should tell us within 21 days and we will check.