If a disabled person (adult or child) lives in your property and adaptations have been made to the property to assist with that person's needs, relief may be available.
Examples of adaptations include:
- A room, excluding a bathroom, kitchen or toilet that is predominantly used by and required for meeting the needs of the disabled person (eg a room set aside for storing dialysis equipment)
- An additional bathroom or additional kitchen provided for the person with the disability
- Extra space created inside the dwelling to allow for the use of a permanent wheelchair user.
The bill may be reduced to that of a property in the band immediately below the band shown in the valuation list.
Frequently asked questions about adapted properties
Q: My property has been adapted with grab handles, rails and ramps. Does my property qualify?
A. Unfortunately not. These adaptations only aid movement around your property and do not fall into one of the three categories listed.
Q: I have converted a downstairs room as a bedroom. Do I qualify?
A: Yes, provided the use of that room as a bedroom prevents or changes the use and occupation of the room by the rest of the household. The reason for the change must have a causative link to the residents disability. E.g. a living room converted to a bedroom due to mobility problems, which can no longer be used as a living room by the rest of the household. If the room can still partially be used as a living room, it will not qualify.Q: Does the disabled person have to be the person whose name appears on the Council Tax bill?
A: No, the disabled person can be a child, or a relative or friend. However, they must live permanently at the property.
Q: I own a residential care home. Can I apply?
A: Yes. If you have a permanently disabled person living in your residential care home you may apply. If that person leaves you would no longer qualify as the reduction is granted due to a disabled person living there, and not because the property is a residential care home.
Q: My disabled son uses a wheelchair and sometimes stays with me; would I qualify for the reduction?
A. Unfortunately not. To qualify for reduction, the disabled person must be permanently residing at the address as their sole or main residence (i.e. their main home).
Q: I have an en-suite bathroom, does this qualify as an extra bathroom?
A: Yes, provided you have constructed it. If the en-suite was there prior to you moving in, this will not qualify as the property has not been adapted.
Q: Can the Disabled Reduction be back-dated?
A: Yes, provided you have sufficient proof to show this e.g. a builders invoice for the adaptations or a Doctors letter confirming when your medical needs changed.
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