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Council Tax discount for flooded properties

Council Tax relief scheme

This scheme closed for new applications on 31 December 2016.

If you have already completed a Council Tax flood relief form, or have called us regarding your Council Tax, your application will be dealt with in due course.

If you have any enquiries please call 01539 733333 or email counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk.

The flooding incident that this scheme applied to is where domestic properties were flooded by the incidents Desmond and Eva in Cumbria. 

The relief applied to both unoccupied and partly occupied properties.

In addition the scheme included properties where you became liable to Council Tax as a result of leaving your main residence due to flooding.

Unoccupied properties

For properties that fit within this definition a 100% Council Tax discount applied to all properties that were rendered uninhabitable1 due to the flooding.

This relief applied for a minimum period of 3 months, even if you vacated the property for less than 3 months.

After 3 months the relief will cease upon re-occupation of the whole property or when repairs are completed, if earlier.

This included upper storey properties where occupation was limited by the impacts of flooding, eg impact upon water supply and sewerage.

Flooded/partly occupied properties

For properties that fit within this definition a 100% Council Tax discount will apply to all properties flooded or that have been rendered partly uninhabitable1 due to the flooding and the residents have remained in the property. This includes where occupation of the whole property was limited by flood damage.

This relief applied for a minimum period of 3 months.

After 3 months the relief will cease upon re-occupation of the whole property or when repairs are completed, if earlier.

The relief was subject to verification by council officers.

Displaced residents

Residents who moved into temporary accommodation as a result of flooding may receive relief in respect of their primary home and in respect of the temporary home into which they moved (providing they were liable to Council Tax at that address).

Second homes and empty properties

Properties which were empty or second homes at the time of the flooding were allowed to claim the relief for a maximum period of 6 months.

You must notify us when you move back in or re-occupy the whole property.

1 Uninhabitable refers to the house, flat, bedsits, caravans and park homes but not garages.