The following types of properties are exempt from council:

    • Unoccupied dwellings owned and last used by a charity. (Exempt for up to six months).
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by people in prison.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by long stay hospital patients or permanent residents in a home.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by deceased persons where grant of probate or letters of administration have not yet been granted.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by deceased persons where grant of probate or letters of administration have been granted. (Exempt for up to six months).
    • Dwellings where occupation is prohibited by law.
    • Dwellings held vacant for a Minister of Religion.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by persons receiving care.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by persons providing care.
    • Dwellings left unoccupied by students.
    • Unoccupied dwellings repossessed by a mortgage lender.
    • Student Halls of Residence.
    • Dwellings occupied wholly by students.
    • Dwellings owned by the Ministry of Defence.
    • Dwellings wholly occupied by Visiting Forces and their dependants.
    • Unoccupied dwellings in the possession of a Trustee in Bankruptcy.
    • Caravan Pitch and Mooring not occupied by a caravan or boat as the case may be.
    • Dwellings occupied only by person(s) under 18.
    • An unoccupied dwelling which is an annexe to another dwelling which can not be let separately because of Planning permission.
    • Dwellings occupied by person(s) who are severely mentally impaired (must be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits: ESA, AA, Higher or middle rate DLA, or severe disablement allowance)
    • Dwellings occupied by Diplomats.
    • Annexes/Granny flats occupied by elderly or infirm dependant relative(s).

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