The amount you or your tenant pays depends on which band your property is in and the number of residents who are in that property. For example, if you have a single tenant who is liable to pay their own council tax bill, they may be entitled to a single person discount.
Council tax bills are sent out every March in time for the first instalment, which is due in April. Every domestic property is sent a bill. It is sent to the person who is known as the liable person.
In some cases the owner, and not the resident, will be liable. Although the bill will be sent to the owner, in certain cases residents may be asked to contribute towards the bill. These cases include -
- houses in multiple occupation
- residential nursing or care homes and some hostels
- religious communities
- property occupied by resident staff to enable them to carry out their duties
- property where a minister of religion lives and works
- property occupied by asylum seekers
Empty and unfurnished properties
On 1 April 2013 the national exemptions for empty properties and those undergoing major works were abolished. These exemptions have been replaced by local discretionary discounts set each year by local authorities.
At the full council meeting on 19 January 2017 the decision was taken to remove the current 28 day 100 per cent council tax discount for empty and unfurnished properties from 1 April 2017.
This means properties that become empty on or after 1 April 2017 cannot have a discount applied.
Unoccupied properties needing major work no longer receive an exemption and the full council tax charge is payable. In some cases if a property is in severe disrepair or derelict you can appeal to the Valuation Office to have the property deleted from the council tax lists. Any outstanding council tax would remain payable whilst the appeal is underway.
Properties empty for over two years
When a property has been empty for over two years a ‘long term empty premium’ can be applied. Hull City Council has decided to set a premium of 50 per cent, so the rate of council tax payable is 150 per cent for properties empty for over two years.
This decision is in line with the council's policy on long term empty properties. The strategy is designed to return to use properties which have been empty for long periods and which can contribute to the decline of areas of the city.
Advising us about tenancy changes
If your tenants change, you need to complete a tenancy information form for council tax purposes.
Telling us quickly about tenancy changes allows us to -
- reduce the amount of correspondence we send to you
- issue accurate council tax bills more quickly
This means less administration and hassle for you.
We may ask you for additional information such as tenancy agreements or proof of occupation. This is usually only if you are late giving us information and we have to create backdated charges, or if there is a dispute over liability.
You can complete a tenancy information form by completing the online form below -