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Council Tax discounts and exemptions

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Discounts

The full Council Tax assumes that there are at least two adults living in a property.

If only one adult lives in a property, the Council Tax bill can be reduced by 25%. This is known as a Single Person discount.

You can now apply online for a Single Person Discount and no paper form is required.

Send us your details using the following form:

Personal discounts:

Certain people are not be counted for Council Tax purposes if they meet any of the following 'status discount' conditions:

  • People who are severely mentally impaired
  • People who are being looked after in a care home
  • Patients resident in hospital
  • People staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • Eighteen or nineteen year olds in respect of whom Child Benefit is payable
  • Eighteen or nineteen year olds who have left school between 30 April and 01 November
  • Full-time students
  • The spouses or dependants of full-time students who are not British citizens and who are prevented from taking paid employment or claiming benefits
  • Student nurses
  • Youth Training trainees
  • A Carer
  • Certain types of Care workers
  • People in prison
  • Members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
  • Foreign language assistants
  • Members of visiting forces
  • Diplomats and members of certain International Headquarters and Defence Organisations

Family annexes

From 01 April 2014, a new Council Tax discount of 50% is being introduced for family annexes.

In order to qualify for the discount, the annexe must be either used by the resident/s of the main property or occupied by a family member.  If a non-family member occupies the annexe the discount will not apply.

Some annexes are already exempt from Council Tax and these will not be affected by the new discount and will continue to be exempt.  If you think you may qualify for the new discount please contact us on 01424 451081.

If you think you, or a member of your household may be entitled to a discount and one is not already shown on your bill, you should contact us straight away.

If your bill indicates that a discount has been allowed, you must tell us of any change of circumstance that effects your entitlement straight away.  If you fail to do so you may be required to pay a penalty.

People with disabilities

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 predominantly used by and required for meeting the needs of the disabled person (eg for storing dialysis equipment)
  • An extra bathroom or kitchen provided for the person with the disability
  • Extra space created inside the dwelling to allow for the use of a wheelchair

The bill may be reduced to that of a property in the band immediately below the band shown in the valuation list.

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Exempt properties

Some dwellings may be exempt from council tax or exempt for up to six months, depending on the reason they are empty or the special circumstances of the people who live in them. These are:
 

  • Unoccupied furnished properties owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)
  • Properties which are left empty by an owner or leaseholder who has gone to prison
  • Properties which are left empty by someone resident in a nursing/care home or hospital
  • Properties where owner/tenant has died and there is less than 6 months since probate or letters of administration were granted
  • Properties which are empty because their occupation is forbidden by law
  • Properties which are waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
  • Properties which are left empty by someone who has moved elsewhere to receive non-institutional care
  • Properties which are left empty by someone who has moved in order to provide personal care to another person
  • Unoccupied properties where the owner and last resident is a student
  • Properties which have been repossessed
  • Student halls of residence
  • Properties occupied only by students
  • Armed forces accommodation owned by the Secretary of State for Defence
  • Accommodation for members of visiting forces
  • Properties which are left empty by someone who is bankrupt and which are the responsibility of the bankrupt's trustee
  • A dwelling consisting of a pitch or a mooring which is not occupied by a caravan or, as the case may be, a boat
  • Properties that are occupied solely by people under 18 years of age
  • Properties unoccupied which form part of another dwelling but cannot be let separately
  • Properties where all the residents are severely mentally impaired
  • Properties occupied by diplomats as their main home in the UK
  • Self contained annex occupied by a relation of the main dwelling aged over 65 or disabled or severely mentally impaired

If you think your property may be exempt please contact us as soon as possible.

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Empty and/or second homes

From 01 April 2013 no reduction is given on second homes.

Empty property Discount/Premium:

Unfurnished (100% discount for up to 30 days) followed by zero reduction for up to 2 years. Properties which remain empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more will be charged an additional 50% Empty Property Premium.

Properties requiring/undergoing structural alerations/major repairs

From 01 April 2013 a new discount class was introduced for properties that require or are undergoing structural alterations or major repairs. Properties that fall into this class will receive a 50% discount for 12 months.

You cannot claim this discount and live in the property.

If you would like to apply for these discounts, please email counciltax@hastings.gov.uk as soon as possible.

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Administration of Discounts and Exemptions

Billing Authorities are under a duty to take reasonable steps to ascertain discount and exemption entitlement before calculating the Council Tax Liability.  This must be applied both prior to annual billing in each year and before the issue of first demand notices throughout the year to new Taxpayers.

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Discount and Exemption Claim Forms

To apply for a discount please print the appropriate form, complete and post it, together with any proof detailed on the form, to:

Revenues and Benefits Service
Aquila House, Breeds Place
Hastings, East Sussex
PO Box 176
TN34 1PY

You can also email councitax@hastings.gov.uk.

Application for a Council Tax Discount - Apprentices

Please use this form if you think you should be given a discount because you are, or someone who lives with you is, an Apprentice.

Application for a Council Tax Discount - Care Workers/Carers

Please use this form if you think you should be given a discount because you are, or someone who lives with you is, a Care Worker or Carer.

Application for a Council Tax Discount - 18 year old/Child Benefit

Please use this form if you think you should be given a discount because someone who lives with you is, in further education at a school or college, and you get child benefit for them.

Application for a Council Tax Discount - people in detention

Please use this form if you are, or someone who lives with you is, being detained in prison or held on remand, and the property is still your/their home.

Application for a Council Tax Reduction - People with Disabilities

Please refer to the fact sheet and complete the application form if you think you should be given a Council Tax reduction because you or someone who lives with you has a qualifying disability.

Application for a Council Tax Discount/Exemption - Severely Mentally Impaired

Please use this form and doctor certification if you think you should be given a discount or exemption because you are, or someone who lives with you is, severely mentally impaired.

Application for a Council Tax Discount - Student Nurses

Please use this form if you think you should be given a discount because you are, or someone who lives with you, is a student nurse.

Application for a Council Tax Discount/Exemption - Full Time Students

Please use this form if you think you should be given a discount or an exemption because you are, or someone who lives with you is, a student.

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