Council tax under compulsory purchase order?

Council tax under compulsory purchase order?

10:55 AM, 8th October 2018, About 4 years ago 4

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I recently sold my rental property under Compulsory Purchase Order. Between when the tenant moved out and when the lawyers completed the sale it was 40 days.

The council is chasing me for council tax for the 40 days.

My understanding is because by law I couldn’t live or rent out the property, council tax is automatically excepted.

Right or wrong ?

Many thanks



James Barnes

14:58 PM, 8th October 2018, About 4 years ago

As far as I know the list of exemptions is set in law (I'm not sure where however), though Council's can set their own discounts and premiums on empty properties for example. I've pasted in the exemptions below:

Class A: An uninhabitable property requiring or undergoing major repairs or structural alterations (unavailable from 1 April 2013)
Class B: Unoccupied property owned by a registered charity
Class C: Empty for up to six months (unavailable from 1 April 2013)
Class D: Empty as liable person being in prison or detained in hospital
Class E: Empty property previously occupied by a person now residing in a care home, hospital or hostel.
Class F: The council tax payer has died
Class G: Occupation prohibited by law
Class H: Held for Minister of religion
Class I: Person living elsewhere to receive personal care
Class J: Person living elsewhere to provide personal care
Class K: Left empty by a student
Class L: Mortgagee in possession
Class M: Students’ halls of residence
Class N: Occupied only by students or students and their non-British spouses, civil partners or dependants
Class O: UK armed forces accommodation
Class P: Visiting forces accommodation
Class Q: Liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy
Class R: Unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring
Class S: Occupied by under eighteen year olds only
Class T: Unoccupied annexe
Class U: Occupied by severely mentally impaired persons only
Class V: Property which is the main residence of a person with diplomatic privilege or immunity
Class W: Annexe occupied by dependent relative

You're case is unusual and of course I don't have the full story (why was it being compulsorily purchased?) but it doesn't sound like any of the above exemptions apply.


17:35 PM, 15th October 2018, About 4 years ago

" An uninhabitable property requiring or undergoing major repairs or structural alterations."
I have had 100% Council Tax exemption for one year for two of my properties when they required considerable work to make them habitable/lettable.
Could that apply to your property?


15:47 PM, 26th November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James Barnes at 08/10/2018 - 14:58
My property was an ex council property and the estate where it was at went under regeneration.


12:48 PM, 17th December 2018, About 4 years ago

I wanted to say this problem was resolved by good will of exemption class G - Empty - occupation prohibited by law and this is Barnet Council

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