When someone dies please notify us as soon as possible so we may update the Council Tax bill for that home.
Please contact us with the following information:
When we receive this information we will update the account of the home and credit any exemptions or discounts. We will send an amended bill.
If the home is now empty it will be exempt from Council Tax until someone new moves in or probate is granted. Probate is granted when someone has been given the right to deal with a deceased person's affairs. Once probate is granted, if the home remains empty and it has not been sold, it may be exempt from Council Tax for a further six months. After those six months, if the home is still empty and has not been sold, the Executor becomes responsible for paying the Council Tax from the estate of the person who has died.
Once the home has been legally transferred to another person, that new owner becomes responsible for the Council Tax bill.
When an Executer is made liable for renting the home you must let us know:
If more than one person remains living in the home and they are over 18, they become responsible for the Council Tax bill. If just one person still lives in the house and they are over 18, they also become responsible for paying Council Tax. But they are likely to be given a single person discount. This is a 25 per cent reduction off the bill.
If you have become responsible for the Council Tax bill please check to see whether any other discounts apply
As there has been a change of circumstance any Housing or Council Tax benefit will need to be reassessed. Please complete our change in circumstances online form: