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Council Tax Exemptions

Exempt properties

Council Tax is not payable on some properties. There are different types or classes of exemption which are set out in the table below.

The Government has made various changes to Council Tax with effect from 1 April 2013, including exemption classes A & C exemptions ending, with local councils being able to decide the situation in their area.

The council has resolved that with effect from 1 April 2013, no charge will apply to unoccupied and substantially unfurnished property for up to seven days only. A full Council Tax charge applies to any property that remains unoccupied and unfurnished for longer than seven days.

With effect from 1 April 2013, no exemption applies to property undergoing structural alteration or major works.

Exemption Classes

Please note that class A and C exemptions cease to apply from 1 April 2013 (see note above).

Exemption Class

Definition

Class A

Vacant substantially unfurnished properties which require or are undergoing structural alteration or major repair (exempt for up to 12 months or for 6 months after the works are complete, whichever is earlier)

Class B

Unoccupied property owned and last used by a charity (exempt for up to six months)

Class C

Vacant substantially unfurnished property (exempt for up to six months). A full charge applies following the expiry of the above 12 and 6 month period

Class D

Unoccupied property which was the home of someone who has gone into prison (except for not paying council tax or a fine)

Class E

Property left unoccupied by someone who has moved permanently to receive care in a hospital or a residential home

Class F

Unoccupied property waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted. This exemption applies from the date a property becomes unoccupied on the sole occupier having passed away, up until the grant of probate and applies for up to six months, provided the property remains unoccupied

Class G

Property which is unoccupied because its occupation is forbidden by law

Class H

Property which is unoccupied and waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion

Class I

Property left unoccupied by someone who has moved into another residence (not a residential home or hospital) to receive personal care

Class J

Property left unoccupied by someone who has moved elsewhere in order to provide personal care to another person

Class K

Unoccupied property where the person liable is a student who last lived in the dwelling as their main home and became a full-time student within six weeks of leaving the property. The exemption ends when the person ceases to be a student

Class L

Unoccupied property which has been repossessed by the loan provider (mortgagee)

Class M

Student halls of residence

Class N

Property occupied only by students

Class O

UK armed forces accommodation owned by the Secretary of State for Defence

Class P

Property occupied by visiting forces

Class Q

Unoccupied property where the person liable is a bankrupt's trustee

Class R

A pitch or a mooring which is not occupied by a caravan or a boat

Class S

Property occupied only by persons aged under 18

Class T

Unoccupied property forming part of another premises, which cannot be rented out separately, without planning permission

Class U

Properties occupied by the mentally impaired or shared by the mentally impaired and students. (Note this exemption does not apply where liability falls on a non-resident owner)

Class V

Property which is a foreign diplomat’s residence

Class W

An annex occupied by a dependent relative (aged 65 or over, severely mentally impaired or disabled)

If you think your property may be exempt, please visit the Contact Centre on the Ground Floor, Crawley Town Hall, telephone us on 01293 438616 or email .

Please note that a brief inspection may be necessary before any exemption can be considered.

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