Council Tax when someone dies

If the deceased person lived alone

When a person lived alone in a property they owned, we will award a 100% Council Tax exemption. This can continue for up to 6 months after probate has been granted, providing that the property remains unoccupied.

If the property was rented, the 100% exemption will last until the date the tenancy ends or for 6 months after probate is granted - whichever comes first.

If there were two adults in the property

If you lived with the person who has died and you are now the only adult in the household, we will update the account details so that the account is in your name only and the 25% single person discount will be applied to your account.

We will send you a new bill confirming the change, unless we need to contact you for more information.

If there were more than two adults in the property

If the property was occupied by more than two adults and one person has died, we will transfer the Council Tax account into the names of the remaining owners or occupiers.

We will send a new bill with the updated names, unless we need to contact you for more information.

If the person who passed away lived alone

When a property has been occupied by one person, the property is exempt from Council Tax for as long as it remains unoccupied, and until probate is granted.

Following the grant of probate, a further 6 months exemption is possible as long as the property remains unoccupied and has not been sold or transferred to someone else.

It is important that the executor(s) inform the Council Tax team of:

  • the date probate is granted
  • details of the transfer or sale of the property or the end date of the tenancy.