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    We purchased a flat which was empty by virtue of the fact the previous owner was in a nursing home and then died. Took a while to purchase because of probate.

    When purchased we informed the council that it was an unoccupied property awaiting let and therefore exempt from council tax. 5 months on they have informed us that it is not exempt because it was previously unoccupied.

    Is this correct - whether or not exemption was previously claimed?

    In my naivety I assumed that the exempt period would start from the date of purchase and that it was the owner who was exempt not the property.


    Exemption is property-specific, not person-specific.
    BUT Council Tax chargeable neither (a) for 6mth void [yours] nor (b) during Probate period [vendor's]. Try explaining the difference to the Council.
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      If the property has been expempt then the council are unlikely to award you 6 months exepmption. However they will reduce your liabilty to 50%. Its not right but hey this is the government!
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