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Exemptions - empty properties

If your property falls into the one of the categories below, you may not have to pay Council Tax.

When working out exemptions, a property with furniture in it is considered to be empty if no-one is living in the property.


A property left empty following the death of the occupant

This applies when a property is left empty following the death of the person liable to pay the Council Tax and a grant of probate or letters of administration have not been awarded.

It continues for six months after grant of probate or letters of administration have been awarded.

The exemption will end before this if any of the following apply:

  • the property becomes occupied
  • the property is sold or transferred to a beneficiary
  • the property is rented out

To apply complete our online e-form.

Please remember to enclose a copy of the death certificate with the application.

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A property left empty by a person in a hospital or care home

This applies where a person has left their property empty to receive care or treatment in a hospital, residential care home, nursing home or hostel.

It will only apply if the person will not return to the property.

To apply complete the Hospital Patients / Patients in homes form (PDF, 12KB).

We will contact the hospital, residential care home, nursing home or hostel to confirm this.

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A property left empty by a person who has been detained elsewhere

This applies to empty properties where the owner or tenant of the property is in prison or detained under the Mental Health Act.

To apply complete the Persons in Detention form (PDF, 12KB).

We will contact the place of detention to confirm this.

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A property left empty by a person needing care

This applies where a person has left their property empty to live with someone else to receive care in that person's home.

The person must require care as a result of:

  • old age
  • disablement
  • illness
  • past or present alcohol or drug dependence
  • past or present mental disorder

 To apply complete the Property left empty by a person needing care form (PDF, 12KB).

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A property left empty by a person providing care

This applies where a person has left their property empty to provide care for someone else in that person's home.

The person must require care as a result of:

  • old age
  • disablement
  • illness
  • past or present alcohol or drug dependence
  • past or present mental disorder

To apply complete the Property left empty by a person providing care form (PDF, 12KB).

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An empty property owned by a charity

This lasts for up to six months from the date the property became empty, provided that the property was used for the purposes of the charity up to that date.

To apply complete the Empty property owned by a charity form (PDF, 22KB).

Enclose a covering letter on official headed paper showing your registered charity number and confirming the property is used for charitable purposes.

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Empty due to legal action

This applies to a property that cannot be occupied as a result of legal action. This includes properties deemed unfit for human habitation as determined by Environmental Services.

To apply complete the Empty due to legal action form (PDF, 12KB).

Enclose evidence you are legally unable to occupy the property.

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An empty property being held for a minister of religion

This applies to a property that is empty and will next be occupied by a minister of any religion to carry out their duties.

To apply complete the Empty property being held for a minister of religion form (PDF, 32KB).

Enclose a letter from the Diocese or relevant body confirming the property is unoccupied for this reason.

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A property left empty by a student

This applies if an empty property is owned by and was last occupied by a student.

To apply complete the Property left empty by a student form (PDF, 12KB).

Enclose a student certificate and evidence of your current term time address.

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An empty property that has been repossessed

This applies to properties that are empty and have been repossessed by the mortgage provider.

If the property is not empty on the date of repossession, the exemption applies from the date the property becomes empty.

It ends when the property is sold or transferred.

To apply complete the Empty property - repossession or bankruptcy form (PDF, 12KB).

Enclose evidence of repossession.

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A property left empty by a person who is bankrupt

To apply complete the Empty property - repossession or bankruptcy form (PDF, 12KB).

Enclose a copy of the bankruptcy order.

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An empty caravan pitch or boat mooring

To apply email council.tax@haringey.gov.uk

Confirm the address of the plot and your contact details.

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An empty annexe to an occupied property

This relates to annexes which:

  • form part of premises which include another property, and
  • may not be let separately without breaching planning control

To apply email council.tax@haringey.gov.uk

Confirm the property address and your contact number as an enquiry officer may need to visit the property.

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Page last updated:

13 July 2020

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