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    A property was owned by my relative that was the main home, registered with HMRC, all taxes etc paid. The property was let during the period he needed nursing home care. The council exempted him from council tax during voids because of the need to live in a nursing home. He died in April 2020. The tenants on a rolling one month AST were told, and told that they were protected due to COVID legislation. They were assured that the property could remain their home for as long as they wished ...they were both working on COVID frontline. They considered the option of buying but chose to move on 3 months after the death. Probate was delayed because of COVID and not granted till September 2020. The council are refusing exemption from council tax because tenants lived their for more than 42 days after death. Council tax exemption was actually only requested for the period after the tenants left. Previously this could not have been requested as the estate was not the liable person for council tax. Is the council right or wrong? Property was sold at end of January 2021. I will be made redundant in April 2021 so this money is important to me.

    I think the council are right.
    The grounds for the exemption were not met after the owner's death and after the tenant's stopped being responsible.
    The estate is the owner and is liable for the council tax.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


      As jpkeates says -- can't see that a property within an estate is exempt from council tax.


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