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Exemptions

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

8. Other exemptions

Here are some other exemptions and examples where you might not have to pay the bill at all. These include:

Under 18

Anyone under the age of 18 doesn't have to pay council tax.

Mentally Impaired

If the only person in the house is severely mentally impaired or all the people at the address are severely mentally impaired then council tax doesn't need to be paid.

We'll need a form signed by a doctor to be able to confirm each person's condition.

If you think your property should be exempt please contact the council tax department on 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Dependent relative

This is when there are two properties that make up one whole property, like an annex, and it's being lived in by a dependent relative.  The annex must be attached to your house.

A person is a dependent relative if:

  • They are over 65 years or
  • They are severely mentally impaired or
  • They are substantially and permanently disabled.

A person is a relative of another if:

  • They are their spouse, partner or civil partner, or
  • They are their parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece or they are the parent or child of such a person.

If you think your property should be exempt please contact the council tax department on 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Religious

This exemption applies to an unoccupied property that is being held available by a minister of any religious denomination. It must be the residence from which the minister will perform the duties of his or her office.

If you think your property should be exempt please contact the council tax department on 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

Bankrupt

If a property is empty and the person liable to pay the council tax is made bankrupt then the trustees then have to pay the bill. But you need to remember that from the date of bankruptcy the property is exempt from paying council tax. You'll need to supply a copy of the bankruptcy petition.

If you think your property should be exempt please contact the council tax department on 01474 337700 or by emailing council.tax@gravesham.gov.uk

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