How much of a discount will I get?
You can cut your bill by 25 percent if you are the only person (aged 18 or over) living in your main home.
Apply for a Single Person Discount
What factors are used when determining sole or main home?
When establishing whether a property is someone’s sole or main residence we consider the following factors
- The number of addresses at which the individual is resident at various times and the amount of time spent at each one over a specific period
- Where the individual keeps most of their possessions
- The ownership of furniture
- The address at which the individual is registered for electoral and medical purposes
- The sole or main residence of the individual's family (i.e. wife, husband, civil partner, dependant children)
What if I decide to take a year out or travel for a year?
Holidays, even those of an extended nature, do not alter your sole or main residence which can be identified in your intention to return at the end of your travels. Temporary absence doesn't constitute a change in residency.
Can I have a single person discount because my partner works away in London/abroad all week?
No. Case law in the High Court has established the principle that a person's home will be regarded as "where they would normally live were it not for their work commitments" even if the majority of their time is spent elsewhere.
Is my main residence the place where I spend most of my time/nights?
Not necessarily. In the case of the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council v Neil Anderson (1991) , the courts ruled that a merchant seaman, away at sea most of the year, was resident at his home in Bradford even though he spent only a small amount of his time at that address.