Annexes With Relatives to Get Discounted Council Tax
In respect of annexes, there is already a Council Tax exemption where it is occupied by a dependant aged 65 years or over or if severely disabled. However, it does not apply to families.
From 1 April 2014, The Council Tax (Reductions for Annexes) (England) Regulations 2013 will offer a discount of 50% council tax for annexes occupied by relatives In England.
The discount applies if the following conditions are met:
- the annex forms part of a single property which includes at least one other dwelling; and
- it is being used by a resident of that other dwelling or,
- it is the sole or main residence of a relative of the person who is liable to pay council tax in respect of that other dwelling.
A person (“P”) is to be regarded as the relative of another if P—
- is the spouse or civil partner of that person, or
- is that person’s parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle or aunt, nephew or niece, great-grandparent, great-grandchild, great-uncle, great-aunt, great-nephew or great-niece, or
- is that person’s great-great-grandparent, great-great-grandchild, great-great-uncle, great-great-aunt, great-great-nephew or great-great-niece
A relationship between two persons who are not married but are living together as a married couple shall be treated as a spouse, and a relationship between two persons of the same sex living together as if they were civil partners shall be treated as a relationship by a civil partnership. Stepchildren are treated as being the child of the person.
According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, there are an estimated 24,150 family annexes in England. Still, ministers believe far more households could be helped by tax cuts encouraging more annexes - and more conversions of outbuildings and new extensions.
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In self-contained flats or houses, the tenant usually is liable for Council Tax. Landlords should inform the Council Tax section of the local authority in writing whenever someone moves in or out of their property or if it is empty.