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Council Tax discounts

  • Council tax and benefits

A Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home.

Single person discount

You can get 25% discount off your bill if you live alone in your property, you can apply online for a single person discount.

Remove a single person discount

If you have someone staying with you for a short period (a few weeks) then you do not need to inform us. If they are staying with you long term then you should notify our office as soon as possible.You must be the person liable for Council Tax in order to remove a single person discount.

Once your single person discount has been removed a new bill will be issued to you.

Please Note:- To remove a single person discount please email us.

Student discount

This form may be used to apply for a reduction in your Council Tax due to one or more occupants of the property being a full-time student.


You may be able to get a discount if you live with people who don’t count as adults for Council Tax. This is called a disregard.

When considering the number of adults living in a property, we do not count certain people. These include:

Check if you can get a discount

Follow these steps to work out if you should get a Council Tax discount/disregard:

  1. Count the number of adults who live in your home as their main home.
  2. Do not count anyone who fits one of the conditions in the list above.
  3. Your Council Tax bill may be reduced by 25% if you’re left with 1 person who does not fits one of the conditions list above.
  4. Your bill may be reduced by 50% if everyone fits one of the conditions list above, including you.

Second homes

A second home is a property that is furnished but is no-one’s main home, including a furnished let between tenancies. You will not be entitled to a discount for a second home. The full charge will be payable.

The bill for a caravan or boat that is a second home will be reduced by 50 per cent. Claims for discounts should be made in writing to: Barnet Council, Local Taxation, PO Box 2016, Pershore, WR10 9BH.

Empty properties

If a home is unfurnished and unoccupied you must advise the council. The full charge will be payable on these properties unless they are exempt.
(certain other vacant properties are exempt if other criteria are met). The owner or person who is entitled to possession is liable to pay the full Council Tax.

Empty home premium

Any homes that have been empty and unfurnished for more than two years will be charged one and a half times their normal Council Tax rate. A 50 per cent premium came into effect on 1 April 2013.

There are some exceptions to this:

• where the property has been left unoccupied because the owner is required contractually to live elsewhere in England or Wales because of their job and they pay Council Tax at that address they will only pay 50 per cent of the full charge

• where a property has been left unoccupied and is an annexe to another property which is being used as the sole or main residence of the owner, they will not have to pay the 50 per cent premium if the property has been empty for more than two years.

If we refuse your claim for a discount

If we refuse your claim for a discount and you disagree with our reason(s), you can make an appeal to our office. If you are still not statisfied with our explanation you may appeal to the Valuation Tribunal.

If your circumstances change, you must let us know within 21 days as they may affect your entitlement to any discount. If you don’t let us know, we may impose a penalty and you will have to pay back the value of the discount.

To apply for or remove a discount by post/email or for advice:

London Borough of Barnet
Revenue Services
PO Box 2016
Pershore WR10 9BH

Email local.taxation@barnet.gov.uk

Call us on: 020 8359 2000.

Lines open: Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5:15pm, Friday: 9am to 5pm

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