Discounts and Exemptions


There are a variety of circumstances in which an exemption can be applied – many of these exemptions are ongoing, but some only apply for a limited time ranging from 3 days to 12 months

Empty properties that are exempt:

  • Owned by a charity (maximum 6 months)
  • Left empty by someone who is now in prison
  • Left empty by someone in hospital/care home
  • Waiting for probate/letters of administration (maximum 6 months)
  • Where occupation is prohibited by law
  • Held for occupation by a Minister of Religion
  • Left empty by someone either providing or receiving personal care elsewhere
  • Left empty by student(s) who live elsewhere to study
  • In possession of mortgagee (repossessed)
  • Left empty by someone who has been declared bankrupt
  • Empty caravan pitch or boat mooring
  • Unoccupied annexe that cannot be let separately

Occupied properties that are exempt:

  • Hall of residence and properties only occupied by students
  • Armed forces accommodation
  • Occupied by visiting armed forces
  • Occupied only by persons under the age of 18
  • Occupied only by persons who are severely mentally impaired
  • Annexe (or similar contained property) occupied by a dependent relative of the residents of the main property