welfare rights/money advisor, southampton city council Member since 13th Sep 2006
Council Tax Exemption Wed 09-Dec-09 10:03 AM
Can anyone help. I have a case where a tenant started their tenancy on 1st April 08, they applied for a CT exemption for the 1st 2 months as they didn't move in and the property was empty. They have been refused the exemption on the basis that the owner of the property already had this exemption for the period July 07 to January 08. Surely it can't be correct that this exemption can only ever be given once to each property regardless of change of owner/tenant etc. Any ideas?
Welfare benefits officer, Sanctuary Housing association Member since 02nd Jan 2008
RE: Council Tax Exemption Mon 14-Dec-09 10:42 AM
Unfortunately an exemption C on the basis that the property is empty and unfurnished can only be awarded for 6 months. It can only then be reawarded after a period of habitation. Change of ownership does not start the clock again and it runs with the property not the liable parties.
He may be able to get a 10% reduction if the property is empty for that period but each LA is able to apply a different discount on this basis so it will depen what your LA will allow.