Guidance on how to tell us about a Council Tax payer’s death, and executors’ responsibilities.
If you have opted in to the Tell us Once scheme, you do not need to contact us directly, as the relevant information will be sent to the Council Tax office automatically.
If you choose not to opt in to the Tell us Once scheme, or if the person died abroad, please contact us to report the death. When we receive a notification, we will write to the executors advising what further information is needed, if any.
A property left empty following the death of the occupant will be exempt from Council Tax if:
The property will remain exempt for as long as the circumstances remain the same, until:
If the property was rented, the exemption will remain in place until the tenancy is terminated, as long as this period does not extend to further than six months following grant of probate/letters of administration.
Any Council Tax overpaid by the person who died will be refunded to the executors once grant of probate/letters of administration have been issued.
The executors are responsible for advising us:
We cannot offer advice on the administering of an estate, and recommend you contact a solicitor or Richmond upon Thames CAB if you have any queries about this.
Updated: 12 March 2014