Discounts

Penalties

Please note: applying for a discount or exemption that you are not entitled to, or failing to notify the Council within 21 days of any change in circumstance that effects your entitlement will result in a penalty of up to £280 being issued.

Please see our Council Tax Penalties page for further information on penalties.

Empty and unfurnished property discount

An unoccupied and substantially unfurnished property can be awarded a 100% discount for a maximum period of 1 month from the date it was last occupied, assuming it had been occupied for at least 6 weeks immediately before the empty and unfurnished period. As there is no longer a separate discount for properties in need of major structural repair or alteration, if such a property is empty and unfurnished it may qualify for a discount on this basis.

Long term empty properties

If a property has been empty and unfurnished for between 2 years and up to 5 years , a 100% premium is charged on top of the usual Council Tax. If a property has been empty and unfurnished for between 5 years and up to 10 years, a 200% premium is charged on top of the usual Council Tax from 1st April 2020. If a property has been empty and unfurnished for 10 years or more a 300% premium is charged on top of the usual Council Tax from 1st April 2021. Change of ownership or liability does not affect the premium charged and no account shall be taken for any one or more periods of less than 6 weeks during which the property is not empty.

Major repair or structural alteration discount

From 1st April 2016 the discount awarded in these circumstances was reduced to 0%. If however your property is undergoing major repair or structural alteration and is empty and unfurnished, it may qualify for the Empty and Unfurnished property discount of 100% for up to 1 month, subject to the above conditions.

Sole occupancy discount

If you are the only adult (aged 18 or over) who lives in a property then you can claim for a 25% Sole Occupancy Discount. This discount can only be given to the property that is your main home.

To apply, you will need to log in to MySouthend to complete the Discount, Disregard and Exemption form.

Property occupied by young care leavers

A property occupied only by qualifying young care leavers could receive a 100% discount up to the age of 21 (or 25 in exceptional circumstances) under a new local policy from 1st April 2020, or if a qualifying young care leaver is the second adult in a household a 25% disregard could apply. To apply, you will need to log in to MySouthend to complete the Discount, Disregard and Exemption form

Living elsewhere as a requirement of your job (Tied Accommodation) discount

If your employer has provided a property in which you live as part of your contract of employment, and you still have another property unconnected to your employment which remains furnished (and/or occupied by your partner or family), you may be entitled to a 50% discount on whichever property is considered for Council Tax purposes not to be your “main home”.

To qualify for this discount you will need to provide evidence from your employer that a residence is provided as part of your contract of employment, and confirmation of the full address of the property provided. 

To apply, you will need to log in to MySouthend to complete the Discount, Disregard and Exemption form.

Discounts for some occupied annexes

A dwelling which forms part of a single property and is separately banded for Council Tax is known as an annexe.

People who live in annexes who are a relative of the person who lives in the main property may claim a 50% discount. This discount is applied after any other discount they are entitled to. A relative is a husband, wife, partner, civil partner, blood relative or step child. 

Where nobody else lives in the annexe separately, and it is being used by the person who lives in the main property as part of their home, this 50% discount is also available.

To apply, you will need to log in to MySouthend to complete the Discount, Disregard and Exemption form

Other reductions - Second Adult Rebate

To qualify for this rebate you must meet all of the following statements.

  1. You are of state pension age or over.
  2. Your income is too high for you to qualify for Council Tax Reduction.
  3. There is at least a second adult sharing your home.
  4. The second adult has a low income (i.e. is in receipt of Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or a very low part time wage).

To apply for this rebate you will need to complete the Benefit Claim form, more information and a link to the form can be found on the Universal Credit or Housing Benefit page.

Past Discounts - Second Home

We do not offer a council tax discount for second homes, but we still need to be informed of properties that are used for this purpose and are fully furnished and nobody’s sole or main residence.

Please contact the Revenues Section by phone or by email to enable your Council Tax account to be updated.

Contact Council Tax

Telephone: 01702 215001

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