Manchester City Council

Council tax Council tax: if someone in your household dies

We need to know about a death so we can update the council tax account.

We will deal with the information sensitively.

We will transfer any credit to a new account, or refund it to the person's executor or representative (the person who deals with their personal affairs).

We will help with council tax arrangements:

  • if you are a surviving partner and you confirm that you are now the only adult in the household, we will give you a single person discount.
  • if the person was an owner-occupier who lived alone, we'll exempt the property from council tax until it's occupied again, or until probate is granted. Charges may become payable after six months.
  • if the household is claiming Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, or the surviving partner may now qualify for benefit, we will adjust the claim if necessary.

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