Should your property be exempt from paying Council Tax?
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.
An occupied property can be exempt from Council Tax if it:
An unoccupied property can be exempt from Council Tax if it:
Unoccupied and unfurnished properties
There is an exemption from the charge for up to six months for properties that are unoccupied and unfurnished, this is then followed by a charge of 50% after the exemption has finished. NB the period of the exemption begins from the date that furniture is removed from the unoccupied property regardless of any changes in liability or ownership.
To be classed as substantially unfurnished there cannot be any furniture or furnishings at the property other than carpets, curtains and items that are fixtures. In order to grant this exemption, we may need to arrange a visit to your property. We can also request to inspect the property at any time after the exemption has been granted.
Unoccupied and furnished properties and second homes
There is no discount for unoccupied and furnished properties or second homes unless one of the following applies:
Applying for an exemption:
For students and severely mentally impaired you can apply on line: 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.
After the exemption has been granted
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.