In the event of the death of a property owner, there are certain Council Tax exemptions that apply depending on how many people still live at the deceased person's property.
We will grant an exemption until probate is granted and for up to six months after that date if a property remains unoccupied, following the death of the owner.
After six months, the deceased's estate has to pay the full Council Tax charge. The exemption does not apply where the property remains occupied by other people or is jointly owned and only one owner has passed away.
If only one adult continues to live at the property a 25% single person discount can be claimed.
Information we need
If you are dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, please contact us with the following information as soon as you can:
- the full name and address of the deceased person
- the exact date of death
- the full name, address and phone number of the executors/solicitors dealing with the person's estate
- the full name(s) of anyone that still lives at the address
- confirmation of whether the property is unoccupied after the person's death, and, if this is the case, whether they owned or rented it
If the person rented the property, please confirm the full name and address of the owner or managing agent, whether it was let on a furnished or unfurnished basis, and the exact date the tenancy for the property will end
You can also help us keep our records up to date by confirming:
- the exact date that probate is granted, and
- the sale details when they become known, including the exact date of sale, the names of the purchaser(s) and their current address if you know it.
We will then change our records, and send any refund or a final bill to the executors of the estate.