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Council Tax

Homes for Ukrainians Scheme

How will this affect my council tax?

In April 2022 the government announced the ‘Homes for Ukraine Scheme’(HFU) which encourages the public to open their homes to those fleeing conflict. However, since full council tax is payable on homes with more than one liable party, new regulations have been put in place to ensure payers’ discounts and exemptions continue. The government insist no one will be financially worse off if they become a sponsor however there are no automatic discounts or exemptions for taking part in the scheme.

Please see the frequently asked questions below for more information:
I currently have a single person discount – will I lose this if I let someone stay in my spare room?

No- the new resident will be ‘disregarded’ (ignored for the purposes of council tax) so your charge will stay the same. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

My husband and I own a house that has a spare room. Will we receive a discount or pay more if we take in a refugee?

No- since full council tax is due when two or more people over the age of 18 reside in a property, the presence of another adult (refugee or not) will not affect the charge.

My daughter is in full time education at Brighton University, so I have a spare room. Will I lose my discount if I offer the room to a refugee?

No- your daughter will still be ‘disregarded’(ignored for the purposes of council tax)  as a student and the new resident will be ‘disregarded’ under the Homes For Ukraine scheme so your charge will stay the same. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

Our house if currently only occupied by students so we don’t pay. If a refugee moves in do we have to start paying?

No- exemptions will remain in place. We will simply need to update our records with the new resident’s name, date of birth and the date they moved in. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

My father passed away leaving his home empty- will we lose the exemption if a Ukrainian family move in?

No- exemptions will remain in place. We will simply need to update our records with the new resident’s name, date of birth and the date they moved in. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

I am a landlord with a property which is not currently let. If I rent it to a refugee how will the charge be affected?

The charge will reduce to 50%. We will end your liability and open an account for the new residents. Then they will be ‘disregarded’ leaving the 50% property charge which can be paid by either you or the residents. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

I have a second home which is furnished that I currently pay full council tax for. How will the charge be affected if I let a family stay there?

The charge will reduce to 50%. We will end your liability and open an account for the new residents. Then they will be ‘disregarded’ leaving the 50% property charge which can be paid by either you or the residents. Please see the ‘What do I need to do?’ section below.

I did have a Ukrainian family living in my second home however they have vacated. What do I do now?

You will need to let us know in writing the date they vacated. You will then be made liable again and the charge will return to 100%. Please be aware failure to notify us at the time can result in large back payments.

What do I need to do?

If you are taking part in the scheme and you are currently receiving a discount or exemption, please email us at revenue@midsussex.gov.uk  or write to us at Mid Sussex District Council Revenues and Benefits, PO Box 10607, Nottingham, NG6 6DU with the following:

  • A copy of the refugee’s visa (photograph or scanned copy is sufficient)
  • Their name, date of birth, and contact information and the date they moved into your property

If you are taking part in the scheme and you have an empty property or second home, please email/ write to us with the following:

  • A copy of the refugee’s visa (photograph or scanned copy is sufficient)
  • Their name, date of birth, and contact information and the date they moved into your property
  • Proof that they are residing at the address e.g., mobile phone bills, HMRC/DWP/NHS/school letters
  • If you wish to pay the council tax on their behalf via direct debit, we require your bank details and permission from both parties (sponsor and refugee) for money to be collected on their behalf.

We will then make the necessary adjustments within 30 days and a revised bill will be issued to confirm.

If your circumstances change, please advise us within 21 days.