Empty property exemptions

Empty property previously occupied by a student

The property is exempt providing that:

  • when last occupied it was the sole or main residence of that student and
  • that no one else, other than students, lived there.

If they were not a student when they left the address they must have become a qualifying student within 6 weeks of leaving the property. The exemption only applies for as long as they remain a student. Apprentices and Youth Training trainees are not considered as students for the purposes of this exemption.


To apply you will need to:

  1. Download and complete the application form
  2. Scan your supporting documents and application form using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone.
  3. Send the documents and form to your computer eg by email or text.
  4. Attach the image and answer all the questions on the evidence form

Supporting documents

You will need to provide proof of the following:

  • verification from the local authority where their term time address is that they qualify under council tax regulation
  • proof of living somewhere where they are not liable for council tax eg halls of residence
  • proof of empty property