Most common council tax reductions
A full council tax charge assumes there are two or more adults, aged 18 or over, living in a property as their main home.
If only one adult lives in a house and it is their sole or main residence, the charge may be reduced by 25%.
If you live in the parental home, your parents will be liable for council tax and you need do nothing. However if you live with only one parent and no other adults live there, your parent, carer or guardian should inform us as you may be eligible for a reduction in council tax liability of 25%
When you move into a property, check the situation with the other tenants and clarify who is responsible for paying council tax.
Additional homes owned by those living in tied accommodation may be entitled to a 50% discount.
Empty properties may be entitled to an exemption from charges, a discount of up 50%, or a premium of up to 100%, depending on the length of time that the property has been empty and whether or not the property is furnished.
Removal of second home discount
At the council budget-setting meeting held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 it was agreed that the discretionary 10% discount applied to second homes will be removed with effect from 1 April 2017. Standard Council Tax charges will apply.
Review of the reduction
Your council tax reduction will continue for a specified period providing the qualifying criteria are being met. East Lothian Council will conduct periodic reviews of your circumstances. If at any time you believe the reduction no longer applies then you must contact the council tax team immediately.
You can find our more about our discount and exemption review process by selecting the following link:
How to apply for a reduction
The most common types of reduction are listed below. If you would like more information about any of these reductions or would like to apply, please select one of the following options:
- Apprentice discount
- Carer reduction
- Person aged 18 where child benefit is in payment
- Disabled person reduction
- Empty property
- Long term care in hospital or a residential home
- Major structural repairs
- Person in detention reduction
- Severely mentally impaired reduction
- Single person discount
- Student reduction
- Other types of reduction
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, or are unsure about whether you are eligible for a reduction in your council tax, please complete a reduction enquiry form.
Council tax reduction scheme
If you are on a low income, or out of work, the council tax reduction scheme can help to reduce your council tax payments.
To find out if you're eligible, apply online.
Important information about Universal Credit
If you are of working age and were intending to make a new claim for housing benefit, you may now be required to claim help towards your housing costs as part of your Universal Credit claim.
You will NOT be able to claim for help with your council tax as part of your Universal Credit claim. You MUST make a separate claim to East Lothian Council for this.
You can make a claim for council tax reduction online.