Unoccupied properties following a death

When a property had been occupied by a single person, who either owned or rented the property and that person dies, the property is exempt from Council Tax payment for as long as it remains unoccupied, and until probate is granted. 

Following a grant of probate, a further six months exemption is possible as long as the property remains unoccupied and has not been sold or transferred to someone else.

To apply for the exemption please download the exemption form and return it completed to the Council Tax section.

It is important that the executor(s) keep the Council Tax office informed of:

  • the date probate is granted
  • details of the transfer or sale of the property or the end date of the tenancy
  • when the estate is settled

If for any reason after probate has been granted the property remains under the control of the estate for more than six months, a full Council Tax charge is due. The executor is responsible for making payment of the Council Tax.

If you are a sole occupant following the death of a family member then you may be eligible for single resident discount.

You can visit this page to help manage the difficult task of letting us know when someone has passed away.