We have bought a very old property that is in need of major renovation and are living in a caravan in the garden while the work is carried out. Should we still be paying the full Council Tax for the property while we are not in it?
Depending on the individual circumstances, you can apply for a Council Tax exemption if the property is unfurnished while the renovation work takes place (eg any furniture could go into storage).
If the property remains furnished while the work is going on then there can be no exemption.
If the exemption is accepted you could receive a 100% exemption for the first six months and up to 50 % exemption for another six months after that.
If you apply for an exemption, the Council is likely to send an inspector around to check the property is unfurnished.
* Emyr Pierce is Managing Partner of Emyr Pierce Solicitors in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Western Mail Conveyancer of the Year, specialising in Domestic and Commercial Property. Contact www.emyrpierce.co.uk or email email@example.com