Details of Discounts available to reduce your Council Tax
The amount of Council Tax payable may be reduced in certain situations.
"Single Person" Discount
If there is only one adult who has their main home in a dwelling, there is a 25% discount off the Council Tax bill for every day that this applies.
To claim single person discount, go to council tax single person discount. You'll need to print off the form, because you have to sign it.
"Disregarded Persons" Discount
Some adults are not counted for Council Tax purposes. A discount is allowed on the Council Tax bill if the number of adults counted as living in the property is one. The Council Tax is then discounted by 25% for the period this applies.
The following groups of people may be not counted (subject to the necessary proof being provided):-
- Persons in detention
- The Severely Mentally Impaired (Dwellings wholly occupied by people who are severely mentally impaired are exempt from council tax - see Exemptions below)
- Persons in respect of whom Child Benefit is in payment
- School and College leavers
- Full time Students including 18 and 19 year olds still at school (Dwellings wholly occupied by students are exempt from council tax -see Exemptions)
- Student nurses / Project 2000 nurses
- Youth training trainees
- Persons resident in nursing or care homes
- Care workers
- Care providers - caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18
- Residents of hostels for the homeless or night shelters
- Religious Community Residents
- Members and dependants of visiting forces
- Persons with diplomatic privileges or immunities
To apply for a reduction, go to Council Tax - Discount for 'Disregarded' Persons, answer the relevant questions, and we will e-mail you a form to print, sign and return to us along with any documentation required.
Unoccupied Property Discounts
If a property becomes unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, New Forest District Council has adopted a local scheme whereby the person liable to pay the council tax will receive a 100% discount for up to 1 month from the date the property first became unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.
If a new tenant or owner takes over responsibility for the council tax and the property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, that person will only receive the balance (if any) of the 1 month discount i.e. the new tenant or owner does not receive a further 1 month discount.
We often come across situations where the tenant vacates their rented property before the end date of their tenancy. In this scenario, although the tenant will continue to remain liable for the council tax until the end date of their tenancy agreement, they will be entitled to claim the discount from the date they move out, provided the property is substantially unfurnished. This means that after the tenancy has ended and the landlord assumes responsibility for the council tax, they would only be entitled to claim a discount for the remainder of the 1 month period.