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The following types of properties are exempt from council:

  • An unoccupied property owned and previously used by a charity. The maximum exemption period is 6 months
  • An unoccupied property which was the previous residence of someone now detained in custody
  • An unoccupied property which was the previous residence of someone who has moved permanently into a residential home or hospital to receive care
  • An unoccupied property which is waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted. The maximum exemption is for 6 months after probate or letters of administration have been granted
  • A property which is unoccupied because the law forbids occupation
  • An unoccupied property reserved for a minister of religion
  • An unoccupied property which was the previous residence of someone who has permanently moved into another property (not a residential home or hospital) to receive personal care
  • An unoccupied property which was the previous residence of someone who has permanently moved away to provide personal care to another person
  • An unoccupied property which was the previous residence of someone who is now a full time qualifying student and who now lives elsewhere
  • An unoccupied property where the mortgage lender is in possession
  • Student halls of residence
  • A property occupied only by full time qualifying students
  • An armed forces barracks
  • Accommodation for visiting forces and dependents
  • An unoccupied property which is controlled by the trustee in bankruptcy following insolvency proceedings
  • A vacant caravan pitch or boat mooring
  • A property occupied only by people aged under 18 years
  • An unoccupied annex which may not be let separately without a breach of planning control
  • An occupied property where all of the residents are deemed to be severely mentally impaired, as confirmed by a registered medical practitioner
  • A property occupied by a foreign diplomat
  • An annex occupied by a dependent elderly or disabled relative

The above classes are only a broad summary of the legislation. Within each class there may be a number of conditions which have to be met before the exemption is satisfied

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