When a ratepayer has died
When a person dies, you might need to look after arrangements for their home. Check the rate bill to see who paid rates on their home. If they paid rates, you might be responsible for telling Land & Property Services (LPS) about the ratepayer's death.
The deceased person's name is on the rate bill
If their name is on the rate bill, they were responsible for paying rates. You need to tell LPS about the death so they can update the rates account. You can report a ratepayer's death online.
The deceased person did not live alone
When the ratepayer dies, the remaining occupant will usually be responsible for paying rates on the property. If rates Housing Benefit and Rate Relief were paid, LPS will reassess the rates due.
The deceased person lived alone
If the deceased person was a ratepayer and the only occupier, their personal representative is responsible for rates on the property. While the personal representative possesses the property, they can apply for exclusion from empty property rates if the property is:
- empty as no-one is living there
- not used for storage
- Rating of empty homes
If the deceased’s name is not on the rate bill
If the deceased person's name isn't on the rate bill for the property, they weren't liable for paying rates. You need to tell NIHE if the ratepayer in the household received rates Housing Benefit and Rate Relief.
- the Housing Benefit helpline: 03448 920 902
- text relay: 18001 03448 920 902
- email your local Housing Benefit Unit
Find your local Housing Benefit Unit
If you cannot find a recent rate bill, you can contact LPS.
Help with rates
When circumstances change, you should check if any rate reliefs and exclusions are available such as:
- Housing Benefit and Rate Relief for people on a low income
- Rate Rebate for people getting Universal Credit
- Lone Pensioner Allowance for ratepayers aged 70 or over
- Disabled Person's Allowance for ratepayers who adapted their property to accommodate their special needs