Discounts on Council Tax

Single person discount

The full council tax bill assumes that there are at least two adults living in a dwelling.

If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), the council tax bill will be reduced by 25%.

To claim a discount please complete the single person discount form

To claim a discount please complete the online Council tax form

Single Person Discount Review

We are currently undertaking a review of all Council Tax accounts where a resident is claiming a 25 percent discount because they are the only adult in the property. The purpose of the review is to make sure that the Single Person Discounts we have awarded are valid and that our information is up to date. We are undertaking this review with a company called NEC.

You may receive a letter from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and NEC, asking you to confirm if you are the only occupier of the property, or to list anyone else living with you. We are not asking for any banking information.

The letter includes a link to a website to complete the declaration form online, or you can complete the form included with the letter and return it to the address provided. You will need to do this even if you have informed us of your circumstances recently. 

If you have any queries or need help completing the form, then please call us on 01737 482106. Lines are open from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Furnished properties which are no-one's home

This includes second homes, holiday homes and properties left empty between tenancies.

The second home discount (10%) ceased on 1 April 2013. There is now a full council tax charge for properties that fit into this category.

Mobile home pitches, boat moorings and some types of employment related accommodation continue to receive a 50% discount.

Unfurnished and unoccupied properties

An empty and unfurnished property is eligible for a full council tax discount (100%) for a maximum of 28 days. A full charge becomes payable after the first 28 days. The discount starts on the first date the property is empty, regardless who owns it, so if you purchase a property which is already empty then you may not qualify for this discount if it has already been granted.

This discount replaces the class C empty and unfurnished exemption, which ceased on 1 April 2013.

People in the following groups, who meet certain conditions, will not count towards the number of adults resident in a dwelling:

  • full time students, student nurses, apprentices and Youth Training trainees
  • patients resident in hospital
  • people who are being looked after in care homes
  • people who are severely mentally impaired
  • people staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • 18 and 19 year olds who are at or have just left school
  • careworkers working for low pay, usually for charities
  • people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner, or child under 18
  • members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
  • members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
  • people in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of council tax or a fine).

If your bill indicates that a discount has been allowed, you must tell your billing authority within 21 days of any change of circumstances which affects your entitlement.

If you fail to do so you may be required to pay a penalty of £70.00.

If you still fail to supply information, a further penalty of up to £280.00 may be imposed.

Empty Property Premium

With effect from 1 April 2020, where a property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than two years but less than five years and is not otherwise exempt or prohibited, a premium of 100% of the bill will be added.

Where a property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than five years and is not otherwise exempt or prohibited, a premium of 200% of the bill will be added.

From the 1 April 2021, where a property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for more than ten years and is not otherwise exempt or prohibited, a premium of 300% of the bill will be added.