Council Tax when someone dies

We need to know when an adult has died so we can update the Council Tax details for the property they lived in. 

If you use the GOV.UK Tell Us Once service to report the death, the information will be passed to us. The registrar will explain how to use the Tell Us Once service when you register the death

Report a death to the Council Tax team

Tell our Council Tax team about a death if:

  • you haven't used the Tell Us Once service
  • the person who died was the only person living in the property
  • there is still more than one adult over the age of 18 living in the property

If you are now the only adult over the age of 18 living in the property you should fill in the Single person discount claim form instead.

We only need to know about the death of someone under 18 if you were getting a Council Tax reduction that was linked to their circumstances. In this situation, contact the Council Tax team.

What you will need before you start our form

Before you start our form, you'll need to know:

  • the person's details including full address and date of death
  • the names of any other adults who still live in the property
  • some personal details about the person who has died - if you do not think you can answer these questions you can complete the GOV.UK Tell us once form instead

You will be asked for additional details about executors or solicitors but you can tell us at a later date.

Report a death to the Council Tax team

You can use our ‘Additional details following a death’ form to tell us about information that wasn’t available when you reported the death, or changes that have taken place since the person's death, such as:

  • executors name and contact details
  • solicitors name and contact details
  • date of probate
  • date of furniture removal from the property
  • new property owners details
  • new property occupants details

Report additional details following a death

What happens about Council Tax after someone dies

What happens about Council Tax when someone dies depends on the circumstances.

When the person lived alone

When a person lived alone, their home can get a 100% Council Tax reduction for up to 6 months after probate has been granted or Letters of Administration have been made (in cases where there was no will).

The 100% reduction will stop if liability passes to someone else before the end of the 6 months. Liability passes to someone else when any of the following happen:

  • the person was a tenant and the tenancy agreement ends

  • someone else moves in

  • the property is passed to someone else

  • the property is sold

  • we find that someone else should be liable - for example, we learn that there is another owner

If the 6 months' period ends and liability has not passed to someone else, executors or administrators must pay the Council Tax due. The money should come from the dead person's estate - executors aren't personally liable. They should contact us immediately if there's a problem with making the payment.

When there were two adults in the property

If you lived with the person who has died and you are now the only adult in the household, we'll update the account details so the account is in your name only. We'll send you a new bill confirming the change within 20 days, unless we need to contact you for more information.

Council Tax reductions for single adults in a property

If you are the only adult in a property aged 18 or over, you can get a 25% Single Person Discount on your Council Tax. We will be told by the Tell us once service or you can fill in the Single Person Discount form.

When there were more than two adults in the property

If the property was occupied by more than two adults and one person has died, we’ll transfer the Council Tax account into the names of the remaining owners or occupiers. We'll send you a new bill with the updated names within 20 days, unless we need to contact you for more information.

Council tax reductions where there are more than two adults left in a property after someone has died

The change in circumstances resulting from the death might mean that the household can get a Council Tax reduction. To check, see Council Tax reductions for occupied properties.

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