A band reduction may be awarded if a disabled person resides in the property and meets the qualifying criteria. This reduction is property based.
To qualify for this reduction, there must be a substantial and permanent disabled person resident in the property and this property must be their sole or main residence. At least one of the following criteria must be met:
- A room set aside for the requirement of the disabled person. The room should be “essential or of major importance to the person’s well-being.”
- A second bathroom or kitchen, predominantly used for the needs of the disabled person.
- Sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheelchair indoors and is used within the property.
Where at least one of the above criteria is met, then the reduction can be awarded.
An example of a band reduction would be a council tax band being reduced by one band i.e. council tax for a band D property would be reduced to the rate set for a band c property, as long as the disabled person continues to live in the property and the property remains their sole or main residence.