Empty properties

2. Discounts and exemptions for empty properties

In the following circumstances, you may not have to pay council tax, or you may be able to get a discount or exemption:

 

 

Care homes, hospitals or hostelsCare homes, hospitals or hostels<div class="ExternalClassFD126C503C604616A44C2275AE9DBA65"><p>If a person who normally lives at an address is now living in a residential care home, hospital or certain type of hostel and is not intending to return home, we may be able to grant a council tax discount. If nobody else lives at the address, we may even be able to grant an exemption, so there will be no council tax to pay at all. </p><p>Please download, complete and return the claim form to: </p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR</p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"><a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Care%20home%20resident%20claim.pdf"><span class="info">Care homes, hospitals or hostels claim form<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 27KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div></div>
Moving to another address to be cared forMoving to another address to be cared for<div class="ExternalClassCBB638B3D95C441CB9FFAFE2ED867AE7"><p>If somebody owns, or is the tenant of a property which is unoccupied because they have had to move out to be cared for somewhere else (but not in a nursing home or care home), we may be able to grant an exemption for the unoccupied property. This means that there will be no council tax to pay. </p><p>For further information and to apply for the exemption, please download, complete and return the claim form to: </p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR</p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"><a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Exemption%20I%20claim%20form.pdf"><span class="info">Receiving care claim form<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 27KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div></div>
Moving to another address to care for someoneMoving to another address to care for someone<div class="ExternalClassF3939BD158EC4674B8F49FF79959FC9D"><p>If somebody owns, or is the tenant of a property which is unoccupied because they have left to care for someone, we may be able to grant an exemption to the unoccupied property. This means that there will be no council tax to pay. </p><p>For further information and to apply for the exemption, please download, complete and return the claim form to: </p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR</p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"><a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Exemption%20J%20%28providing%20care%29.pdf"><span class="info">Providing care claim form<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 27KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div></div>
Last occupier has diedLast occupier has died<div class="ExternalClassAF81B7742948435EAEB3AE1777214E59"><p>There are certain circumstances where we may be able to grant an exemption from council tax if the liable person has died. Further information can be found in our guidance document.</p><p>If you think an exemption may apply, contact us. We will need to know what your relationship is to the person who has died. If emailing please include your phone number so we can use it to contact you if necessary.</p><div class="text-block"><p><strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"><a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Property%20unoccupied%20after%20a%20death.pdf"><span class="info">Property unoccupied after a death guidance document<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 60KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div></div>
Property unoccupied and unfurnished for seven days or lessProperty unoccupied and unfurnished for seven days or less<div class="ExternalClass19D6B6F7FB4548A8AD18FD4DC042DE23"><p>Please contact us with your name, address, council tax account number and an explanation of the circumstances. <a href="/council-tax/your-bill">Your account number can be found on your bill</a>.<br></p><div class="text-block"><p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a><br></p> <p> <strong>Post:</strong> Leeds City Council, P.O. Box 60, LS2 8JR</p></div></div>
In prison or otherwise detainedIn prison or otherwise detained<div class="ExternalClass4C282E523E364CAFA96360F97C450556"><p>You may be able to get a discount or exemption if a person who normally lives at your address is:</p><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>on remand, or in prison for a crime other than non-payment of council tax</li><li>being held in a hospital or other place on mental health grounds as a result of a court order</li><li>being held under immigration law</li></ul><p>For further information and to apply for the discount, please download, complete and return the claim form to: </p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR</p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"><a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Prisoner%20discount%20claim%20CT60.pdf"><span class="info">Prisoner or person detained discount claim form<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 27KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div></div>
Repossessed propertyRepossessed property<div class="ExternalClass71FF8A7535FA45428C180F97A35C11E5"><p>Please provide proof of your eligibility along with your name, address and council tax account number - <a href="/council-tax/your-bill">your account number can be found on your bill</a>. You can take your proof to a <a href="/residents/neighbourhoods-and-community/onestop-centres">One Stop Centre</a> or post it to:<br></p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR<br></p></div> <br></div>
AnnexesAnnexes<div class="ExternalClass7861A809635247E794F7FAA2C78B473A"><p>If a single property contains two or more dwellings, the ‘annexe’ may qualify for a 50% discount if either:</p><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>it is occupied by a relative of the person liable for the main dwelling</li><li>it is being used (but not lived in) by a resident of the main dwelling – this dwelling must be their <a href="/council-tax/discounts-and-exemptions/second-homes">sole or main residence</a></li> </ul><p>For further information and to apply for the discount, please download, complete and return the claim form to:<br></p><div class="text-block"> Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR <p></p></div><div class="docList one"><div class="listWebpart"><ul><li class="pdf"> <a href="http://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Annex%20discount%20form%20for%20website.pdf"><span class="info">Annexe discount claim form<span class="arrow"></span></span><span class="thirdInfo">(PDF, 50KB)</span></a></li></ul></div></div><h3>Exemptions for annexes</h3><p>An exemption will apply if an annexe is unoccupied and cannot be let separately because of planning conditions.</p><div role="note" aria-label="Information" class="text-highlight"><p>If an exemption is granted no council tax will be payable for the annexe. Please contact us to discuss your situation. </p></div><div class="text-block"><p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p></div></div>
Unoccupied property left empty by a studentUnoccupied property left empty by a student<div class="ExternalClassDD87F009D6C54995B536951B8DD7DB25"><p>A property left unoccupied because the person responsible for council tax is a student who is living elsewhere for study purposes may be eligible for an exemption.</p><p>When last occupied, the property must have been the <a href="/council-tax/discounts-and-exemptions/second-homes">sole or main residence</a> of a person who is a student.<br></p><p>The student must have begun living elsewhere for study purposes within six weeks of leaving the property.</p><p>The course must be a full-time course and last for at least one academic year, take more than 24 weeks in that year and involve more than 21 hours a week of study.</p><p>If you wish to apply, please contact us:</p><p></p><div class="text-block"><p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p></div></div>
Unoccupied property owned and last occupied by a registered charityUnoccupied property owned and last occupied by a registered charity<div class="ExternalClassD55CA08650264606872C90C0421FC6F5"><p>Please contact us to discuss this exemption further.</p><div class="text-block"><p><strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p></div></div>
Unoccupied property for use by a minister of religionUnoccupied property for use by a minister of religion<div class="ExternalClass1B23187FE9BF41DB831DC12A83B829C7"><p>Please contact us to discuss this exemption further.</p><div class="text-block"><p><strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p><strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p></div></div>
Occupation prohibited by lawOccupation prohibited by law<div class="ExternalClass4B2920874DDD45E3A256A876C2714FD2"><div class="text"><p>This exemption can be claimed if a property has been deemed unsafe to live in, for example the property contains asbestos and has been deemed unfit to live in by Environmental Health.</p><div class="text-block"><p>Leeds City Council<br> P.O. Box 60<br> LS2 8JR</p></div><br></div></div>
Trustee responsible for a property following bankruptcyTrustee responsible for a property following bankruptcy<div class="ExternalClass96C0624C5FE3440CBB9F918B535040D3"><div class="text"><p>Please provide us with the details of the trustee, the name of the court that granted the bankruptcy order and the date this was granted. We will also need your name, address, and council tax account number - <a href="/council-tax/your-bill">your account number can be found on your bill</a>. </p> <div class="text-block"><p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p> <strong>Email: </strong><a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p><p> <strong>Post:</strong> Leeds City Council, P.O. Box 60, LS2 8JR</p></div></div> <br> </div>
Empty caravan pitch or mooringEmpty caravan pitch or mooring<div class="ExternalClassE438F69D26024383BCED380A16ECFF26"><div class="text"><p>You will need to provide us with your name, address, and council tax account number - <a href="/council-tax/your-bill">your account number can be found on your bill</a>.<br></p><div class="text-block"><p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 0113 222 4404 <span class="font-xsmall">(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)</span></p><p> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:council.tax@leeds.gov.uk">council.tax@leeds.gov.uk</a></p><p> <strong>Post:</strong> Leeds City Council, P.O. Box 60, LS2 8JR</p></div></div></div>

Tell us about a change

If your circumstances change and you no longer qualify for a discount or exemption you must let us know.

You’ll need to provide us with:

  • the reason you need to cancel
  • your council tax account number
  • your contact number
  • the date you want to cancel your discount or exemption from

Contact us

Phone

0113 222 4404
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Email

In person

Visit any of our One Stop Centres

Did you find what you were looking for?

Did you find the information you were looking for?