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Council Tax Discount Scheme for Flooded Properties

The 'Flooding Incident' that this scheme applies to is where domestic properties have been flooded between 3 and 28 December 2015 in Cumbria. However, if a resident's property is rendered unliveable due to multiple separate flooding events, reimbursement will be offered in respect of each event (further guidance on this is available).

The definition to be used for this scheme is from the National Flood Emergency Framework for England. Therefore, the definition of flooded properties is:

Properties Flooded are those properties where it is considered that the property has been flooded internally, that is, water has entered the property:

  • Basements and below ground level floors are included
  • Garages are included if in the fabric of the building. Garages adjacent or separate from the main building are not included
  • Includes occupied caravans and park homes but not tents

The discount will apply to both Unoccupied and Partly Occupied properties. In addition, the scheme includes properties where you have become liable to Council Tax as a result of leaving your main resident as a result of flooding.

Unoccupied Properties

For properties that fit within this definition, a 100% Council Tax Discount will apply to all properties that have been rendered uninhabitable due to the flooding.

  • This discount will apply for a minimum period of 3 months
  • If the property remains unoccupied and uninhabitable, discount can continue for a maximum period of 12 months
  • After 3 months the discount will cease upon re-occupation of the whole property

Partly Occupied Properties

For properties that fit within this definition, a 100% Council Tax Discount will apply to all properties that have been rendered partly uninhabitable[1] due to the flooding and the residents have remained in the property but occupation of the whole property is limited by flood damage.

  • This discount will apply for a minimum period of 3 months
  • If the property remains unoccupied and uninhabitable, discount can continue for a maximum period of 12 months
  • After 3 months the discount will cease upon re-occupation of the whole property
  • Will be subject to verification by Council Officers

Displaced Residents

Residents who have been displaced into temporary accommodation as a result of flooding may receive discount in respect of their primary home and in respect of the temporary home into which they are displaced.

Second Homes and Empty Properties

Properties which were empty or second homes at the time of the flooding are allowed to claim this discount for up to 6 months.

There is a duty to inform the Council when properties become re-occupied or fully occupied.

The scheme will be reviewed in December 2016.

[1] Uninhabitable refers to a house, flat, bedsit, caravan and park home, but not garages.