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Apply for a Council Tax exemption for a property left empty by someone who has died

A home is exempt from Council Tax when the last person to live in the property has died, and:

  • the deceased was the sole owner/tenant of the property, and
  • it has remained unoccupied since the date of death, and
  • the deceased had a freehold or leasehold interest in the home for more than six months, or
  • the deceased was a tenant and the executor is still liable for rent.

About the exemption

The property will remain exempt for as long as the circumstances remain the same and, providing ownership has not changed, can continue for up to six months after the grant of probate or letters of administration.

You should tell us when probate or the letters of administration or probate have been granted. You should also tell us of any changes that mean that the property is no longer exempt. For example, if someone moves into the property, the property is sold, or ownership changes.

You will need

  • Your Council Tax account number

Before you start

This form is for new applications only.

Do not complete this form if you:

Your personal information provided on this form will be used in accordance with the Council’s Personal Information Policy.

What happens next

We will either reduce the bill or let you know why we have not been able to do so.

If we need more information we will contact you.

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Medium - This form usually takes a few minutes to complete

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Updated: 25 January 2023

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