Council tax discounts
Single person's discount
You can claim 25% off your council tax if you are the only person over 18 who lives in your home. Contact us on 020 8356 3154 if you want to apply.
Review of single person's discount
We are reviewing the circumstances of all people who claim the single person's discount to check their claim is valid. Single person's discount review.
You may also qualify for a discount if either all or all but one of the residents are disregarded, (i.e. not included in the calculation of the council tax amount payable). The discount will normally be 25%, but there are occasions when this could rise to 50%. For further information regarding discounts, please contact us on 0208 356 3154.
Categories of people who may qualify to be disregarded include:
- Most full-time students
- People who live with and care for someone else
- Young people for whom Child Benefit is payable
- People under 25 who receive training under the National Traineeship scheme
- Student nurses
- Foreign language assistants
- People who leave school after 30 April and start a course of further education before 30 October of the same year
- People who are detained in prison or under the Mental Health Acts
- Patients who live in a hospital, care-home, nursing home or mental nursing home
- Residents of night shelters or hostels
- Members of religious communities who have no income or savings (for example, monks and nuns)
- Diplomats and their spouses, if not a British citizen
- People who are severely mentally impaired
- Care workers employed via a charity or local authority
If all the residents of a property are eligible to be disregarded, your Council Tax may be reduced by 50%.
If all residents are students or severely mentally impaired, the property will be exempt.
Note: People who qualify for discounts are still liable to pay the balance of the Council Tax that is due.
Generally students are not liable for Council Tax. There are some exceptions to this - please contact the Council Tax department for further clarification.
Partners of students
If a student is married to someone from abroad, has a civil partner, or dependants from abroad, we may not count them for Council Tax purposes if their visa stops them working, claiming benefit or having `recourse to public funds'.
From April 2014 if there is a dwelling that forms part of a single property and is being used by you as part of your sole or main residence or is the sole or main residence of a relative you may be entitled to a 50% discount on that dwelling.
If you own a property that no one lives in you may be entitled to a discount or exemption.
If your property is furnished you can apply for a 10% discount and in some cases, you may get 50%, for example, a property left unoccupied in order to occupy a job related property elsewhere.
From April 2013 you will no longer be able to get a 10% discount on second homes - properties that are furnished and no one's sole or main residence. This means the owners will now have to pay full council tax.
Second homes which are job related, and where the occupier is required to live as a contractual requirement are not affected and will still qualify for a 50% discount after April 2013.
If your property is substantially unfurnished then it is exempt, but time limits apply. See council tax exemptions.
From April 2013 owners of properties that remain empty for two years or more will have a premium of 50% added to their bill. If the property has been empty for over two years on the 1 April 2013 the premium will apply from then.
Page updated: 25 Apr 2014