Council Tax discounts

While only one person lives in a property they will be entitled to a 25% discount on their bill.

Furnished properties that are no-one's sole or main residence but are subject to planning restrictions/conditions and properties provided for reasons of employment will receive a 50% discount.

Discounts can also apply to people such as students, apprentices, student nurses, youth training trainees, school leavers, certain carers and careworkers, persons in detention and severely mentally impaired people.

Such discounts however, can only be given where there are not two or more other adults living at the property. 

Long term empty properties

The Local Government Act 2003 allows local authorities to reduce or remove completely the amount of discount for long term empty homes (those which are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished).

In accordance with the provisions of this Act, Havant Borough Council has taken the decision not to allow any discount in respect of long term empty properties and these will be subject to the full Council Tax bill. 

Properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for 2 years or more are liable to pay 150% of the full Council Tax charge.

Persons disregarded for purposes of discount

The following persons will be disregarded, that is to say treated as if not resident, for the purposes of deciding whether a discount should be awarded.

  • Persons in detention
  • Severely mentally impaired
  • Person for whom Child Benefit is payable
  • Students
  • Hospital patients
  • Patients in homes in England & Wales
  • Patients in homes in Scotland
  • Care workers
  • Carers
  • Residents of certain dwellings
  • Persons of other descriptions

To apply for a discount, please complete our online form.