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.
If you are eligible for a reduction you can apply by completing this form. Once completed please either scan the form and any proof detailed on the form and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send it to us at:
Revenues and Benefits Service
Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place
Hastings, East Sussex
PO Box 176
Frequently asked questions about adapted properties
Unfortunately not. These adaptations only aid movement around your property and do not fall into one of the three categories listed.
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.
No, the disabled person can be a child, or a relative or friend. However, they must live permanently at the property.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Discounts and exemptions