Some properties are exempt from Council Tax. There are time limits for how long some of the exemptions can be allowed. If you think your property should be exempt from Council Tax, contact us for advice on how to apply. We may ask you to provide some supporting evidence but will tell you about this when you speak to us.
Under council tax regulations a vacant (i.e. unoccupied and unfurnished) dwelling is initially exempt from Council Tax for a maximum duration of six months from the day it became vacant. NB the period of the exemption begins from the date that the vacancy commenced regardless of any changes in liability or ownership.
A property is considered to be ‘long-term vacant’ once the vacancy has exceeded six months (or 12 months if also requiring / undergoing major repair) and does not qualify for another class of exemption from Council Tax.
By law, the policy as to the level of Council Tax discount (if any) that is to be applied for long-term vacant dwellings (from a range of 50% to 0%), has to be determined separately for each financial year.
At a meeting of full Council, held on Wednesday 16th January 2019, a decision was approved that no discount be applied for long term vacant dwellings with effect from the 1st April 2019 (i.e. a full charge will apply).
This decision has been made in order to discourage property owners allowing empty properties to remain empty for long periods as many fall into disrepair, which can have a detrimental effect on other properties in their vicinity, in terms of both market value and quality of life, and can also encourage anti-social behaviour such as vandalism, littering, squatting and crime.
If your property exemption expires after the 1st April 2019 a revised council tax demand notice will be issued to you at the relevant time to advise you of your new council tax liability.
There is no discount for unoccupied and furnished properties or second homes unless one of the following applies:
For students and severely mentally impaired you can apply online: Access your Council Tax Account online
For other applications please contact the revenues mail box for further information: Revenues@merthyr.gov.uk
Please note: while you are waiting to hear the result of an application for exemption, you must continue to pay your current bill, if you are finding this difficult you must contact us immediately.
If the Council Tax charge is reduced a new bill will be issued showing how much to pay.
If an exemption is granted, we will make periodic checks that it should remain in place including checks with outside organisations such as credit agencies. We may ask you to provide information or evidence that helps us to do this. Failing to supply this information could mean the exemption is cancelled.
Please remember, if the circumstances relating to the exemption change, you must tell us immediately.