Council Tax - exemptions, discounts and increases (unoccupied properties)
Student unoccupied property exemption
An exemption may be awarded for an unoccupied property which is no one’s sole or main residence if the person who is liable for Council Tax is a full-time student. In the case of joint tenants/owners they must all be students. This would normally apply to students who have left their normal home unoccupied because they are studying elsewhere.
If you are the landlord of an unoccupied dwelling which was last occupied solely by a full-time student(s) who now live elsewhere, an exemption may be awarded for a maximum of 4 months. This would normally apply to property rented out to students during term-time which is unoccupied during the summer break.
If you are a student and are liable for an unoccupied property, proof of your student status is required with your application.
If you attend the University of West of Scotland (UWS) and have given consent to share information, we can confirm your student status directly from them and there is no requirement to provide evidence. If you attend UWS and have not given permission to share information or are a student elsewhere, proof of your student status will be required and must be uploaded with your application.
The University or college can provide a student certificate, or you can complete our student certificate.
If you are the landlord who was renting the property to students, but it is now unoccupied, there is no requirement to upload evidence with your application.
- Unoccupied property information
- Unoccupied and unfurnished property and second homes
- Care worker, long term hospital, long term care
- Property undergoing major repair/awaiting demolition/occupation prohibited by law
- In prison or other forms of detention
- When a person has died
- Property has been repossessed or held by a trustee in bankruptcy
- Student unoccupied property exemption
- Advice and information for owners of long term empty properties
- Empty property surcharge
- Other categories