Unoccupied flat, council tax


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Hello All,
I understand that unfurnished properties do not attract council tax.

I am an executor for a relative. Does the tax still apply to her
estate? If so, can we store the furniture to the flat elsewhere to
avoid this?

(All parties agreeing, and no suggestion of not disposing of it
correctly later.)
Thanks
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Ronald Raygun

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Hello All,
I understand that unfurnished properties do not attract council tax.

I am an executor for a relative. Does the tax still apply to her
estate? If so, can we store the furniture to the flat elsewhere to
avoid this?
In general, unoccupied unfurnished properties are exempt from CT but only
for a maximum of 6 months from when they were last occupied. Thereafter,
CT is usually payable with a 50% discount. Unoccupied furnished properties
go onto the 50% rate straight away, without the 6 month exemption.

But unoccupied properties which are part of deceased person's estate are, I
understand, exempt irrespective of whether furnished or not, and without a
6 month time limit. Obviously, once the estate is settled and the property
passes to an heir, the heir becomes immediately liable for CT, just as if
it had been sold.
 
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