Exemptions

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Some homes (occupied or unoccupied) may be exempt from Council Tax under certain circumstances.

This page describes those circumstances and will help you decide if this applies to you.  If you believe your home or property fulfills one of the described classes, and your bill does not show that an exemption/discount has been granted, please contact us for further information.

Exemptions for unoccupied properties

Class B: Properties owned by a charity provided the property was used for the purposes of the charity to that date (exempt for up to six months).

Class F: Properties left empty by someone who has died and probate is awaited (and up to six months after).

Class G: Properties left empty because their occupation is forbidden by law.

Class H: Properties left empty waiting to be occupied by a Minister of Religion.

Class K: Properties left empty but owned and last occupied by a student.

Class L: Properties left empty where the mortgagee is in possession.

Class Q: Properties left empty by a bankrupt person.

Class R: Vacant domestic caravan pitch.

Class T: Unoccupied annexes to occupied properties, where letting would be in breach of planning control.

Exemptions for occupied properties where there is a relevant absentee

Class D: Properties left empty by someone who has been detained in a prison or hospital.

Class E: Properties left empty by someone who has gone to receive personal care in a home or hospital.

Class I: Properties left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care.

Class J: Properties left empty by someone who has moved to provide personal care. 

If you believe an exemption should apply to your bill or would like further information please email us at counciltax@stalbans.gov.uk or call us on 01727 819204/819205.

Please remember, if you are in receipt of an exemption and your circumstances change you must tell us within 21 days of the change.

Exemptions for occupied properties

Class M: Students’ hall of residence.

Class N: Properties occupied only by students.

Class O: Armed forces accommodation.

Class P: Visiting forces accommodation.

Class S: Properties occupied only by persons under the age of 18.

Class U: Properties where all the occupants are severely mentally impaired (this exemption does not apply where the liability falls on non-resident owner).

Class V: Properties occupied by visiting diplomats.

Class W: Granny annexes where the occupant is elderly or disabled.

If you believe an exemption should apply to your bill or would like further information please email us at counciltax@stalbans.gov.uk or call us on 01727 819204/819205.

Please remember, if you are in receipt of an exemption and your circumstances change you must tell us within 21 days of the change.

Date of last review: 20 March 2017