Council Tax exemptions | Hull City Council (2022)

Some properties are exempt from Council Tax. This means that no Council Tax is payable whilst certain conditions are met.

Occupied properties

The exemptions belowlast for as long as the property meets the description -

  • property where all the residents are full-time students taking a qualifying course of education
  • property used as halls of residence for students
  • property where all the residents are severely mentally impaired - liable occupiers would need to be certified by a doctor to be suffering from severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears to be permanent
    • you also need to be entitled to at least one of a number of benefits
  • property where all the residents are under the age of 18
  • an annex which is part of another domestic property, and the person living in it is a dependent relative of a person living in the main property
  • property where all the residents are diplomats
  • accommodation for UK armed forces or visiting forces

Unoccupied properties

You do not have to pay council tax if the property falls into a number of statutory exemptions below -

  • B- unoccupied property owned, and last occupied, by a charity. This applies for a maximum period of six months
  • D - unoccupied property because the usual resident is in prison (except for non payment of council tax or a court fine)
  • E - unoccupied property because the usual resident is now receiving permanent care in hospital or a residential care home
  • F - unoccupied property which has been left empty by a deceased person for up to six months after probate or letters of administration have been granted, unless someone else becomes the owner
  • G - unoccupied property because occupation is prohibited by law
  • H - unoccupied property waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
  • I - unoccupied property because the usual resident is receiving personal care elsewhere due to old age, disablement or illness
  • J - unoccupied property because the usual resident has moved in order to provide personal care to another person
  • K - unoccupied property which is owned and last occupied by someone who is currently a student
  • L - unoccupied property which has been repossessed
  • M - student hall of residence
  • N - property occupied only by full time students
  • O - forces barracks and married quarters owned by Ministry of Defence
  • P - members of visiting armed forces
  • Q - unoccupied property which is the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
  • R - unoccupied caravan pitches and moorings
  • S - property occupied only by persons under 18
  • T - unoccupied annexes that cannot be let separately
  • U - property occupied only by person(s) who are severely mentally impaired
  • V - properties occupied by diplomats, or people who benefit from diplomatic privileges and immunities
  • W - annexes or similar self contained units

Each category has specific qualifying criteria and we will give further advice should you wish to make an exemption claim.

If you are a student, you can download and complete our student accommodation exemption claim form below

then email to ctaxsr@hullcc.gov.uk

Council Tax exemptions | Hull City Council (1) Student accommodation exemption form

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Uninhabitable properties

Unoccupied properties needing major work no longer receive an exemption and the full Council Tax charge is payable. In some cases if a property is in severe disrepair or derelict you can appeal to the Valuation Office to have the property deleted from the Council Tax lists. Any outstanding Council Tax would remain payable whilst the appeal is underway.

Further information regarding the valuation office

Long term empty properties

Government Legislation allows Local Authorities to charge an additional levy on long term empty properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.

The current levy charge decided by Hull City Council is 100% for properties that have been empty for two or more years, giving a total Council Tax charge of 200%.

If the property has been empty for five or more years, the charge will be 200%, giving a total Council Tax charge of 300%. If the property has been empty for ten or more years, the charge will be 300%, giving a total Council Tax charge of 400%.

The additional levy on long term empty properties is intended to provide a stronger incentive to get homes back into productive use.

The empty property levy will apply to any substantially unfurnished empty property which has been such for a continuous period of twoyears or more. In considering such properties any period of sixweeks or more where the property is not vacant, will restart the counting of the twoyear period.

Discounts

Your Council Tax bill is based on two adults living in the property. If only one adult lives in the property (as their main home) the bill will be reduced by 25 per cent.

Certain people can be disregarded when calculating the number of adults living in a residence. You can check who is entitled to this discount by accessing the below linkor by calling 01482 300 300

Access further information regarding Council tax discount and disregards

People in the following groups do not count towards the number of adults living in your property -

  • full-time students
  • student nurses, apprentices and youth trainees
  • patients permanently in hospital
  • people who are being looked after permanently in care homes
  • people who are severely mentally impaired
  • people staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • 18 and 19 year olds who are at or have just left school (i.e. those persons in respect of whom children benefit is paid)
  • care workers working for low pay, usually for charities
  • people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18
  • members of religious communities
  • people in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of council tax or a fine)
  • diplomats or people who benefit from diplomatic privileges and Immunities

Each category has specific qualifying criteria and we will give further advice should you wish to make a discount claim.

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Discretionary discounts

Discretionary discounts may also be considered under section 13A (1) (C) of the 1992 Local Government Finance Act.

At present a discretionary discount is available for volunteer reserve forces members who are single occupiers and mobilised for 28 days or more. A further discretionary discount is available to Special Constables who are liable to pay Council Tax.

The Council introduced a discretionary discount for Care Leavers aged from 18 to 24 years of age from 1 April 2018.

Locally Defined Discounts

At the Full Council meeting on 27 February 2020, Hull City Council agreed that the following policies concerning empty properties would take effect from 1 April 2020 -

  • No Council Tax discount on second homes
  • No discount on all dwellings undergoing structural alterations or major
  • Repairs work (formally statutory exemption Class A)
  • No discount on empty/unfurnished dwellings.

If your property has been empty and substantially unfurnished for two years or more you will be required to pay an empty home premium on top of the full Council Tax charge for your property.

For properties empty for two years or more the premium is 100 per centof the full Council Tax charge and for properties empty for five years to nineyears the premium is 200 per cent. For those empty for 10 years or more the premium is 300 per cent.

Where a property subject to the empty premium is bought by a new owner, who is renovating it to bring it back into use, the Council can at its discretion remove the premium for up to 12 months.

People with disabilities

If anyone living in your home is disabled you may qualify for a reduction in Council Tax. Your home must have one or more of the following -

  • a room mainly used by, and required for meeting the needs of the disabled person (for example, a room for dialysis equipment)
  • a second bathroom (to include toilet, washroom and bath/shower) or kitchen required for meeting the needs of the disabled person
  • enough floor space for a wheelchair to be used by the disabled person

If you are entitled to a reduction your Council Tax bill will be reduced to the band below the band your property is in. For example, a band C property will be changed to band B. If your home is in band A, your bill will be reduced by the equivalent of band B to band A reduction.

Appeals

You can appeal if you think you are not liable to pay Council Tax, for example if you think you should not be the person responsible for the bill or wish to claim a reduction on your bill. If you wish to appeal on these grounds, you must contact Hull City Council, Local Taxation Section, PO Box 15, Hull, HU1 2AB or email ctaxsr@hullcc.gov.uk.

You must continue to pay your Council Tax during your appeal.

If your appeal is successful, you will receive a refund of any overpaid Council Tax.

Change in circumstances

If your bill shows a discount or exemption, you must tell us of any change of circumstances which may affect your entitlement. If you do not, you may be required to pay a penalty of £350.

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FAQs

What are the exceptions for not paying council tax? ›

care workers working for low pay. members of visiting forces and certain international institutions. members of religious communities (monks and nuns) people in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of council tax, or a fine)

What makes a house uninhabitable for council tax? ›

Empty properties exempt from council tax

Occupation is prohibited by law or a planning condition. Being held vacant for a minister of religion. Under a repossession order by a mortgage lender. An unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring.

Do you have to pay council tax on an empty property? ›

You'll usually have to pay Council Tax on an empty home, but your council can decide to give you a discount - the amount is up to them.

Is the 150 council tax rebate per household or per person? ›

The council tax rebate will provide a payment of £150 to households living in council tax bands A to D. Local councils are responsible for determining who is eligible and making payments. These will be made from April 2022 and will not need to be paid back.

What counts as severe mental impairment? ›

A person is considered as being severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears to be permanent. This can include people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, strokes and similar illnesses.

Does Universal Credit give council tax discount? ›

Universal Credit is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but it does not include any help with paying council tax.

How long can you leave a house empty? ›

Generally, there are no set-rules in place that state how long you can leave your unoccupied property vacant for. However, it is important to note that most standard home insurance providers will only cover an empty property for 30 to 60 days.

Do you have to pay bills on an empty house? ›

Managing Utility Costs for an Empty Home

While you might not incur any units of usage, you'll normally still have to cover: Monthly network connection costs. Standing charges. Estimated usage fees (often based on prior months).

Do you pay rates on an unoccupied house? ›

The owner is responsible for paying rates on an empty property.

How does HMRC know you have a second home? ›

HMRC have a number of ways of obtaining information regarding property transactions, including Stamp Duty Land Tax forms, Land Registry, third party notices to estate agents and conveyencing solicitors, third party notices to banks, information obtained as part of overseas bank initiatives, property websites etc.

How long can you not pay council tax? ›

This is classed as a short-term let, so the property owner would be liable for paying council tax if the stay is less than six months.

What is classed as a second home for council tax? ›

Are second homes exempt from council tax? No, council tax is now charged on second homes, which are defined as furnished properties where no one lives or the owner has a main home elsewhere.

Do people who dont pay council tax still get the 150? ›

You get £150 per household if you paid Council Tax on your main home on 1 April 2022 and it's in Council Tax band A, B, C or D. Check your Council Tax band. Some households who do not have to pay Council Tax can still get the £150.

Why is there a 150 council tax rebate? ›

Council tax rebate payment

To ensure maximum support for Bristol residents, any eligible household that has not received their rebate will receive a £150 credit to their council tax account. This will reduce the council tax amount that is owed and a revised bill will be issued shortly.

When should I get my 150 council tax rebate? ›

Households in England in council tax bands A to D will get a £150 council tax rebate from April 2022. We will pay the money directly to households within the borough, each household will get one payment of £150.

Is anxiety a mental impairment? ›

Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives. But anxiety disorders are treatable and a number of effective treatments are available. Treatment helps most people lead normal productive lives.

What are the 4 types of mental illness? ›

mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder) anxiety disorders. personality disorders. psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)

Is depression a mental impairment? ›

Does Depression Make You Eligible for Disability? Depression is considered a psychiatric disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's a significant mood disorder that's known to interfere with daily activities, which may include your ability to work.

Can I get reduced council tax if I get PIP? ›

If you get PIP you may be entitled to extra money on top of your existing benefits, a reduction in your council tax or road tax bills and discounts on travel.

How much money can you have in the bank and still claim benefits UK? ›

These benefits have a lower capital limit of £6,000 and an upper capital limit of £16,000. If you have less than £6,000 of capital then you should be able to claim the full benefit. If you have between £6,000 and £16,000 then you should get a reduced amount.

Does savings affect council tax reduction? ›

If you claim Council Tax Support any capital and/or savings could have an impact on the amount you receive. Any capital and/or savings you have are ignored if you are in receipt of any of the following: Income Support. Income based Job Seekers Allowance.

How often should someone check your house when you are away? ›

The easiest and most practical way to meet your home insurance policy obligations is to get a trusted friend or family member to check on your home every day or every other day. They should do a walkthrough of your home (including the basement) to check for any issues and note their visit in a logbook.

What should I do if I leave my house for 3 months? ›

How to Close a House for Three Months
  1. Shut off any propane or natural gas or propane valves. ...
  2. Unplug all electrical and electronic appliances. ...
  3. Store all outside patio furniture and tools inside the house.
  4. Prune trees with overhanging branches that could fall on your house in a high windstorm.
  5. Drain the plumbing system.

What counts as an unoccupied house? ›

When it comes to insurance, an unoccupied property is a property that no-one is currently living in, and potentially has been left empty for a prolonged period of time.

Do you have to pay for gas and electric in an empty house? ›

Some appliances might be plugged in and running in the background, or left on standby. And even if nothing is plugged in, you'll still pay the daily standing charge for keeping your gas and electricity supplies connected to the network.

Am I responsible for a utility bill that is not in my name UK? ›

Not usually. As long as it is the tenant's name on the bill, and it is stated in the tenancy agreement that tenants are responsible for utilities, landlords are not liable for unpaid bills left over by tenants.

Do you pay water rates on an empty property UK? ›

Empty property charges

Whether you have moved out of a property, are renovating your home, if a water supply is needed for any purpose, including heating, then you will be required to pay for this service. This is also applicable to landlords of furnished or renovated properties.

Do you pay more council tax on second home in England? ›

If you have a second home which is not your sole or main residence, you may have to pay Council Tax for them both unless you meet certain criteria. You will have to pay the usual Council Tax for the property which is your main home.

How do I avoid stamp duty on a second home? ›

Ways to avoid stamp duty on your second home
  1. Buy a caravan, motorhome, or houseboat. ...
  2. If the property is intended to be used by a family member, put the deed and mortgage in their name. ...
  3. Purchase property worth less than £40,000. ...
  4. Purchase a buy-to-let as a first-time buyer.

What is classed as a second home UK? ›

What is considered a second home? Generally speaking, if you already own a home, your new purchase is labelled a second home. This is true whether you're making your second home your primary residence or if you're buying a second house and renting out the first.

What is the 36 month rule? ›

What is the 36-month rule? The 36-month rule refers to the exemption period before the sale of the property. Previously this was 36 months, but this has been amended, and for most property sales, it is now considerably less. Tax is paid on the 'chargeable gain' on your property sale.

What is the second home loophole? ›

The new bill plus new measures for second homes and holiday lets in Wales are aimed to close a loophole that allows owners to pay cheaper business rates rather than council tax. Property must be available to let for 210 days and let to paying guests for 105 days in any 12 months to qualify for business rates.

Can my mum sell her house and give me the money UK? ›

In fact it's completely legal. In the UK there is no law that prevents you from selling your price at any price you want.

Do you have to pay council tax when staying with a friend? ›

You'll usually have to pay Council Tax if you're 18 or over. A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill.

Is it a criminal Offence to not pay council tax? ›

You can be sent to prison for up to 3 months if the court decides you don't have a good reason to not pay your Council Tax and you refuse to do so. If the court decides you have something to pay back you may be able to make an arrangement to pay your debt over time.

Can bailiffs force entry for council tax debt? ›

A bailiff cannot force entry to your home for a council tax debt unless they already have a controlled goods agreement in place. Force is rarely used by bailiffs.

Do pensioners pay council tax? ›

If you are a pensioner, your council tax reduction will apply to the whole of your bill. A pensioner is someone who has reached the qualifying age for state pension credit. You can use the State Pension calculator on the Government's website to find out if you have reached the qualifying age.

Do you get council tax rebate on second homes? ›

A Council Tax discount is not available for second homes (furnished properties that are not used as a main residence.)

What makes a house uninhabitable for council tax? ›

Empty properties exempt from council tax

Occupation is prohibited by law or a planning condition. Being held vacant for a minister of religion. Under a repossession order by a mortgage lender. An unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring.

Who will receive the 150 council tax rebate? ›

Households living in a property in council tax bands A-D on 1st April 2022 are eligible for the £150 council tax rebate.

How will the 150 council tax rebate be paid? ›

For people who pay council tax by direct debit, in most cases, the rebate will go directly into bank accounts. For those who do not pay council tax via direct debit, letters are now being issued with instructions on how you can claim your £150 rebate.

What is the energy support scheme? ›

1.1 The Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) is a scheme which forms part of the government's cost of living assistance package for consumers over winter 2022 to 2023.

Is the council tax rebate the same as the energy rebate? ›

The council tax rebate (as part of the Energy Rebate Scheme 2022) is excluded from being considered a public fund under paragraph 6.2(i) of the Immigration Rules.

How long does it take to get the council tax energy rebate? ›

We always encourage residents to cash their vouchers in as the bank payment may take up to 2 weeks to be processed.

How long does a council tax refund take UK? ›

In normal circumstances please allow up to 14 days for your refund to be paid into your bank account.

Do people who dont pay council tax still get the 150? ›

You get £150 per household if you paid Council Tax on your main home on 1 April 2022 and it's in Council Tax band A, B, C or D. Check your Council Tax band. Some households who do not have to pay Council Tax can still get the £150.

How will the 400 energy grant be paid? ›

In fact direct debit and credit customers will have the money added to their account. Customers with pre-payment meters will have the amount applied to their meter, or receive a voucher. Separate arrangements are being made for households in Northern Ireland, which has its own energy market.

What is the energy rebate? ›

The Government has announced a support package for helping households to pay their energy bills. It comes in response to rising energy prices which are making it hard for many single parents to pay their bills.

Does council tax debt get written off after 6 years? ›

Council Tax debt is an unsecured debt which means that it will expire after 6 years according to the Limitation Act 1980.

How do I avoid council tax UK? ›

Apply for a discount or exemption

You need to apply for a Council Tax discount or an exemption, even if you're disregarded. You'll get 50% off your bill if everyone living in your household is disregarded. You'll get 25% off your bill if you pay Council Tax and either: you live on your own.

Is council tax legally enforceable? ›

Legal demands for payment

Your council can ask a magistrate for a 'liability order' if you owe them unpaid Council Tax. This is a legal demand for payment.

How long can you not pay council tax? ›

This is classed as a short-term let, so the property owner would be liable for paying council tax if the stay is less than six months.

Can bailiffs force entry for council tax debt? ›

A bailiff cannot force entry to your home for a council tax debt unless they already have a controlled goods agreement in place. Force is rarely used by bailiffs.

Is council tax a priority debt? ›

Council Tax arrears is a 'priority debt'. This means you need to pay it before debts like credit cards. If you have more than one debt, you should read our 'get help with debt' guide - or contact your nearest Citizens Advice.

Can council tax send bailiffs? ›

Council tax is usually collected by a private firm of bailiffs on behalf of your local council. They try to take your goods away and sell them, usually at auction, to raise money to pay the debt. The council can instruct bailiffs to act once they have got a liability order against you.

Does savings affect council tax reduction? ›

If you claim Council Tax Support any capital and/or savings could have an impact on the amount you receive. Any capital and/or savings you have are ignored if you are in receipt of any of the following: Income Support. Income based Job Seekers Allowance.

At what age do you stop paying council tax in England? ›

Someone will be disregarded if they're: aged under 18. aged 18 or 19 and someone is entitled to Child Benefit for them.

What is council tax based on? ›

Council Tax valuations are based on the value of properties that aren't used for business purposes. The value is based on the price the property would have sold for on the open market on 1 April 1991 in England and 1 April 2003 in Wales.

Is there a mandatory obligation to pay council tax? ›

If you're 18 or over and live in a home you own or rent you will need to pay Council Tax, unless: the owner lives in the property. you and others living in the property have separate tenancy agreements. you are exempt from paying.

Do I have to pay council tax common law? ›

However, contract law and alleged rights under common law are not the same as legislation relating to the administration and collection of council tax. You do not have a choice as to whether you are liable for council tax and being a 'freeman' does not exempt anyone from paying council tax.

Will my council tax increase if my partner moves in? ›

Taxing times. If you've been living alone you'll most likely have claimed the 25% off your council tax bill. But if another adult moves in, you'll lose the discount. Let your local council know, so you can make sure you're paying the right amount of tax.

Do you have to pay bills on an empty house? ›

Managing Utility Costs for an Empty Home

While you might not incur any units of usage, you'll normally still have to cover: Monthly network connection costs. Standing charges. Estimated usage fees (often based on prior months).

What happens if you don't tell the council you have moved? ›

Reporting a change

If you don't tell the council when the change happens they might not charge you enough council tax and you'll need to pay the extra money later.

Do tenants pay council tax? ›

For tenancy agreements of 6 months or longer, tenants are responsible for the council tax bill while they're living in the property. If they leave the property before their tenancy agreement ends, they will remain responsible for the bill until the agreement ends or another tenant begins a new agreement.

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