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Council Tax exemptions

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Council Tax exemptions have changed, exemptions for unfurnished or uninhabitable properties are no longer available in Barnet.

You may qualify for an exemption if your property meets one of the following criteria:

  • Class B - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) and is owned by a charity. Exempt for up to six months.
  • Class D - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is in prison (except for those in prison for not paying their Council Tax or a fine).
  • Class E - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is a permanent patient in a hospital or a care home.
  • Class F - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the liable person to pay Council Tax has passed away and probate or letters of administration have not yet been granted. There is a further exemption for up to six months after probate or letters of administration are granted.
  • Class G - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because nobody is allowed to live there by law.
  • Class H - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) and a minister of religion will be moving in.
  • Class I - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is receiving care elsewhere (but not in a residential care home, this would come under class E).
  • Class J - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is caring for someone elsewhere.
  • Class K - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because the person liable to pay Council Tax is a student living elsewhere to study.
  • Class L - It is vacant (unfurnished or furnished) because it has been repossessed by the Mortgagee.
  • Class M - It is a hall of residence for students.
  • Class N - It is lived in only by students.
  • Class O - It is owned by the Ministry of Defence and lived in only by members of the armed services.
  • Class P - It is lived in only by visiting service personnel.
  • Class Q - It is left vacant by a bankruptcy trustee (unfurnished or furnished).
  • Class R - It is an empty caravan pitch or a boat mooring.
  • Class S - It is lived in only by people who are under 18.
  • Class T - It is a self-contained flat or house part (unfurnished or furnished) of another property and may not be let separately due to planning restrictions.
  • Class U - It is lived in only by people who are severely mentally impaired.
  • Class V - It is lived in by a foreign diplomat or a member of certain international organisations.
  • Class W - It is part of a property that is lived in separately as a self-contained flat or house by a dependent elderly or disabled relative.

If your bill doesn’t show an exemption

If we’ve already given you an exemption, it will say so in your bill, If your bill doesn’t show an exemption and you think you should have one please email our office. If you claim a exemption, you will still have to pay the amount detailed on your bill until we make a decision on your claim.

If we refuse your claim for an exemption and you disagree with our reason(s), you can make an appeal to our office. If you are still not statisifed 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 exemption. If you don’t let us know, we may impose a penalty and you will have to pay back the value of the exemption.


To apply for a discount by post or for advice

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

Telephone: 020 8359 2000.

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

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